Women Peace Activists

Throughout history, there have been many women peace activists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female peace activists such as Yoko Ono, Rigoberta Menchú, Leymah Gbowee, Bertha von Suttner, Jody Williams.The women peace activists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Samantha Smith
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Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1985

Samantha Smith was an American schoolgirl, child actress, and peace activist. She achieved popularity during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States of America; she visited the Soviet Union as a goodwill ambassador which attracted extensive media attention. She also took part in peacemaking activities in Japan before dying in an airplane crash at age 13.

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Julie Christie
(Film actress)

Julie Christie
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Birthdate: April 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chabua, Assam, British India

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Wangari Maathai
(The First African Woman to Receive 'Nobel Peace Prize')

Wangari Maathai
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Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

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Yoko Ono
(Artist and Musician Who Was an Influential Practitioner of Conceptual & Performance Art)

Yoko Ono
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Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

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Rachel Corrie
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Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: March 16, 2003

Crushed to death in Gaza by an Israeli armored bulldozer, peace activist Rachel Corrie was also a member of pro-Palestine International Solidarity Movement. Born and raised in USA, she had gone there as part of her college assignment and met her death while trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian houses by Israeli forces, causing international furore.

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Samantha Smith
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Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

Samantha Smith is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Mary Winchester in the dark fantasy drama TV series Supernatural. Thanks to her performance in Supernatural, Smith has been landing important roles in paranormal and science fiction films like Transformers and Stephanie.

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Clara Zetkin
(Activist)

Clara Zetkin
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Birthdate: July 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königshain-Wiederau, Germany
Died: June 20, 1933
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Leymah Gbowee
(Peace activist)

Leymah Gbowee
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Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who played an important role in leading the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, a nonviolent peace movement. The movement played a significant role in ending the Second Liberian Civil War. In 2011, Gbowee shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Tawakkul Karman and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her work concerning women's rights.

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Cindy Sheehan
(Activist)

Cindy Sheehan
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Birthdate: July 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, U.S

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist. Her son, US Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War in 2004. Following his death, she became a passionate anti-war activist and held an extended anti-war protest outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. She is a member of the Peace and Freedom Party.  

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Peace Pilgrim
(Peace activist)

Peace Pilgrim
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Birthdate: July 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Egg Harbor City
Died: July 7, 1981

Peace Pilgrim was a spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist, and peace activist. Born as Mildred Lisette Norman, she adopted the name  "Peace Pilgrim" and walked across USA for 28 years, spreading the message of peace. She has few possessions and no organizational backing. She was killed in an automobile accident while on her seventh cross-country journey.  

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Betty Williams
(Activists)

Betty Williams
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Birthdate: May 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: March 17, 2020

Betty Williams was a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She was the president of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International and headed the Global Children's Foundation. She and Mairead Corrigan were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. She traveled the world and lectured on topics of peace, education, anti-extremism, inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding, and children's rights. 

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Mairead Maguire
(Peace Activist)

Mairead Maguire
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Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast

Mairead Maguire is a peace activist from Northern Ireland. Along with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, she co-founded the Women for Peace (now known as Community for Peace People). Maguire and Williams received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. More recently, she was involved in discussions around the Rohingya crisis. She has also called for the abolition of all armies.

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Jody Williams
(Political & Peace Activist)

Jody Williams
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Birthdate: October 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rutland, Vermont, United States

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Jody Williams is known for his contribution to the formation of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She has received 15 honorary degrees and was also named the Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year. She has also penned books such as After the Guns Fall Silent.

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Leyla Zana
(Politician)

Leyla Zana
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Birthdate: May 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silvan, Diyarbakır

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Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris
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Birthdate: August 8, 1812
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spencer, New York, United States
Died: April 3, 1902

Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris, the US’s first female judge, was a prominent suffragist who made it possible for women of Wyoming to gain their voting rights. She left New York, since the city’s laws didn’t let her own property after her first husband’s death.

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Eagle Woman
(Translator)

Eagle Woman
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Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: South Dakota, United States
Died: December 18, 1888

Eagle Woman was a Lakota activist and translator. She was known for mediating the conflicts between the Sioux, white settlers, and the US government. She was the only woman recognized as chief among the Sioux. Along with her daughter, she organized a day school at Standing Rock Indian Reservation. She was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.  

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Mary Emma Woolley
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Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 5, 1947

Mary Emma Woolley was a peace activist, educator, and women's suffrage supporter. The daughter of a socially conscious father, she inherited his values. She became the first woman student to attend Brown University and embarked on an academic career. She went on to serve as the 11th President of Mount Holyoke College.  

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May Wright Sewall
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Birthdate: May 27, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: July 22, 1920

May Wright Sewall was a social reformer committed to the causes of women's rights, education, and world peace. She was passionately involved in the woman's suffrage movement. Besides her work as a social reformer, she also founded the Girls' Classical School in Indianapolis along with her second husband. She was active in the American Peace Society in her later years. 

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Hajer Sharief
(Peace Activist)

Hajer Sharief
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Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: Libya

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Sumaya Farhat Naser
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Birthdate: June 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birzeit

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Zahra' Langhi
(Peace Activist)

Zahra' Langhi
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Birthdate: January 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Libya

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Fuki Kushida
(Activist)

Fuki Kushida
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Birthdate: February 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: February 5, 2001

Fuki Kushida was a Japanese women's rights activist who served as the first Secretary General of the Women's Democratic Club. She is also known for her association with the Federation of Japanese Women's Organizations where she served as the president. Also a peace activist, Kushida is remembered for leading protests against the establishment of the US military bases in Japan.