Female Social Activists

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Malala Yousafzai
(Women's Rights Activist, World's Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate)
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Birthdate: July 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mingora, Pakistan

Named to Time 100 thrice, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai exhibits phenomenal grit and inspires young girls everywhere. An assassination attempt by Islamic fundamentalists could not dampen her spirit, and she fought back with a bestselling memoir and won the Nobel Peace Prize as its youngest recipient, at 17.

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Harriet Tubman
(Activist and Abolitionist Known for Her Efforts in Rescuing Slaves and Abolition of Slavery)
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Birthdate: 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

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Susan B. Anthony
(Women’s Rights Activist)
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Birthdate: February 15, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 13, 1906

Susan B. Anthony's vital role in the women's suffrage movement changed the course of history. She led one of the two national suffrage organizations, which later became the National American Woman Suffrage Association, with Susan as its leading force. She also played an instrumental role in publishing The Revolution, a women's rights newspaper.

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Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

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Gloria Steinem
(American Feminist Journalist and Co-Founder of ‘Ms,' Magazine)
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Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

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Naomi Klein
(Canadian Author and Activist Best Known for Her Books: ‘No Logo’, ‘The Shock Doctrine’ and ‘This Changes Everything’)
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Birthdate: May 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein is known for her criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism. She became internationally known following the release of her alter-globalization book No Logo. She often appears on global and national lists of top influential thinkers and is the recipient of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize. She is a prominent environmentalist as well.

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Marlo Thomas
(Actress)
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Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Melissa Mathison
(Screenwriter)
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Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 4, 2015

Melissa Mathison was a screenwriter and an activist for the Tibetan independence movement. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for a while but quit before graduating. She was acquainted with Francis Ford Coppola who encouraged her to pursue a screenwriting career. She was once married to actor, Harrison Ford, and had two children.

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Betty Ford
(Former First Lady of the United States)
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Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 15, 2021
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Columba Bush
(Philanthropist)
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Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: León

Columba Bush is a Mexican-American philanthropist who started hogging the limelight after marrying American politician Jeb Bush. From 1999 to 2007, she served as First Lady of Florida and used her platform to deal with issues, such as substance abuse and domestic violence. She has also been active in advocating the artworks of artists like Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo.

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Arlyn Phoenix
(American Social Activist and Mother of Actors 'River', 'Rain', 'Joaquin', 'Liberty', and 'Summer Phoenix')
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Birthdate: December 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York City, United States

Arlyn Phoenix, or Heart Phoenix, is the mother of actor Joaquin Phoenix. Her other son, River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose. Her three other children are also actors. She and her first husband were members of the cult The Children of God. She is now a renowned peace activist.

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Chirlane McCray
(Writer, Social Activist)
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Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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Sheryl Lee Ralph
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Birthdate: December 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
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Denise Nicholas
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Birthdate: July 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Abigail Disney
(Filmmaker)
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Birthdate: January 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Sister Nivedita
(Irish Teacher, Author, Social Activist, School Founder and Disciple of 'Swami Vivekananda')
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Birthdate: October 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Died: October 13, 1911

Born in Ireland, schoolteacher Margaret Elizabeth Noble met Indian spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda in London and, inspired by his ideals, went to Calcutta, where she was renamed Sister Nivedita and began following Brahmacharya. She not only founded a girls’ school in Kolkata but also worked for social upliftment of Indians.

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Mary Williams
(Activist)
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Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
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Lauren Parsekian
(Director, Activist, Actress)
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Birthdate: December 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orange County, California
Sadako Sasaki
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Birthdate: January 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kusunoki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: October 25, 1955

At age 2, Sadako Sasaki survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, being just 2km away from the bombing site. However, years later, she developed leukemia, as an aftermath of the bombing. While in hospital, battling the terminal disease, she folded over 1,000 origami cranes, in the hope of getting better.

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Carrie Nation
(Activist)
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Birthdate: November 25, 1846
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gerrard County, Kentucky, USA
Died: June 9, 1911
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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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Alexandra Elbakyan
(Programmer)
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Birthdate: November 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Mary Whitehouse
(British Teacher and Conservative Activist)
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Birthdate: June 13, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuneaton Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Died: November 23, 2001

While she was initially a schoolteacher, who specialized in sex education, Mary Whitehouse later began a campaign against the moral standards of the media in Britain, particularly the BBC. She launched the Clean Up TV campaign, vocalizing her opposition toward content such as war and child pornography.

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Armi Kuusela
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Birthdate: August 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Muhos, Finland
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Grace Lee Boggs
(Author & Social Activist - Key Figure in the 'Asian American Movement')
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Birthdate: June 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: October 5, 2015
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Chipo Chung
(Actress)
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Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Stella Immanuel
(Physician, writer)
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon
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Dorothy Height
(Educator)
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Birthdate: March 24, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: April 20, 2010
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Mary Parker Follett
(Social Woker)
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Birthdate: September 3, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 18, 1933
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Cicely Saunders
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Birthdate: June 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
Died: July 14, 2005
A pioneer of the hospice movement, English nurse and social worker Cicely Saunders not only developed the palliative care approach but also established the St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. A supporter of medical ethics, she was against voluntary euthanasia. She won numerous awards, such as the Templeton Prize.
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Albertina Sisulu
(Political activist)
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Birthdate: October 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsomo, South Africa
Died: June 2, 2011
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Anuradha Koirala
(Social worker)
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Birthdate: April 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rumjatar, Nepal
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Mary Dyer
(Protestant)
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Birthdate: November 30, 1611
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England
Died: June 1, 1660
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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
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Birthdate: August 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died: September 5, 1964
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Agnes Chow
(Politician and social activist.)
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Birthdate: December 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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Minna Canth
(Finnish Social Activist and Writer Best Known for Her Plays, 'The Pastor's Family' and 'The Worker's Wife')
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Birthdate: March 19, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Died: May 12, 1897

Minna Canth was a Finnish social activist and writer best remembered for her plays, The Pastor's Family and The Worker's Wife. Among her plays, Anna-Liisa has been adapted into films and operas for the most number of times. Minna Canth, who was ahead of her time, addressed issues of women's rights in her work.

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Melody Anderson
(Actress, social worker, public speaker)
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Birthdate: December 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Septima Poinsette Clark
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Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Died: December 15, 1987
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Erika Eiffel
(Advocate)
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Birthdate: June 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unknown

Initially a U.S. Air Force cadet, Erika Eiffel later established herself as an award-winning archer. She also established OS Internationale, an organization for objectum sexuals, or people who develop relationships with inanimate objects. She was featured in the documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower, which explored her attraction to the Eiffel Tower.

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Anna Mae Aquash
(Activist)
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Birthdate: March 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shubenacadie, Canada
Died: November 30, 1975

Canadian Mi'kmaq activist Anna Mae Aquash made headlines after she was murdered soon after she participated in the Wounded Knee occupation campaign as part of the American Indian Movement. A second autopsy after her body was exhumed revealed she had been shot at the back of her head.

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Emily Hobhouse
(British Social Worker)
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Birthdate: April 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St Ive, Cornwall, England
Died: June 8, 1926
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Sophie Shevardnadze
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Birthdate: September 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Fatema Mernissi
(Sociologist)
Fatema Mernissi
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Birthdate: September 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: November 30, 2015
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Crystal Eastman
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Birthdate: June 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 8, 1928
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Abigail Hopper Gibbons
(Schoolteacher)
Abigail Hopper Gibbons
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Birthdate: December 7, 1801
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 16, 1893
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Diane di Prima
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Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Zara
(Singer)
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Birthdate: July 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Zara is a Russian singer, social activist, and actress. Apart from her singing and acting career, Zara is also known for her charity work. She is associated with the Step Forward Charity Foundation, which helps adults and children suffering from cerebral palsy and cancer. She also participates in the projects undertaken by the Answering the Call of the Heart Foundation.

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Toni Cade Bambara
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Birthdate: March 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 1995
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Pai Bing-bing
(Singer, Actress)
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Birthdate: May 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Keelung, Taiwan