Female Social Activists

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Malala Yousafzai
(Women's Rights Activist, World's Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate)
Malala Yousafzai
10
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)
Harriet Tubman
12
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.

 3 
Susan B. Anthony
(Social Reformer and Women's Rights Activist Who Was a Pioneer Crusader for the Women’s Suffrage Movement)
Susan B. Anthony
8
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.

 4 
Naomi Klein
(Canadian Author and Activist Best Known for Her Books: ‘No Logo’, ‘The Shock Doctrine’ and ‘This Changes Everything’)
Naomi Klein
5
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.

 5 
Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
2
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.

 6 
Arlyn Phoenix
(American Social Activist and Mother of Actors 'River', 'Rain', 'Joaquin', 'Liberty', and 'Summer Phoenix')
Arlyn Phoenix
4
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.

 7 
Denise Nicholas
3
Birthdate: July 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 8 
Abigail Disney
(Filmmaker)
Abigail Disney
3
Birthdate: January 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 9 
Claire Wineland
(American Activist, Author and Motivational Speaker)
Claire Wineland
3
Birthdate: April 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Died: September 2, 2018
 10 
Chirlane McCray
(Writer, Social Activist)
Chirlane McCray
5
Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
 11 
Mary Williams
(Activist)
Mary Williams
3
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
 12 
Grace Lee Boggs
(Author & Social Activist - Key Figure in the 'Asian American Movement')
Grace Lee Boggs
3
Birthdate: June 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: October 5, 2015
 13 
Dorothy Height
(Educator)
Dorothy Height
3
Birthdate: March 24, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: April 20, 2010
 14 
Mary Parker Follett
(Social Woker)
Mary Parker Follett
3
Birthdate: September 3, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 18, 1933
 15 
Cicely Saunders
3
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.
 16 
Anuradha Koirala
(Social worker)
Anuradha Koirala
2
Birthdate: April 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rumjatar, Nepal
 17 
Albertina Sisulu
(Political activist)
Albertina Sisulu
2
Birthdate: October 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsomo, South Africa
Died: June 2, 2011
 18 
Mary Dyer
(Protestant)
Mary Dyer
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1611
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England
Died: June 1, 1660
 19 
Melody Anderson
(Canadian Former Actress, Public Speaker, and Social Worker)
Melody Anderson
0
Birthdate: December 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 20 
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
(Activist)
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
2
Birthdate: August 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died: September 5, 1964
 21 
Emily Hobhouse
(British Social Worker)
Emily Hobhouse
2
Birthdate: April 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St Ive, Cornwall, England
Died: June 8, 1926
 22 
Erika Eiffel
(American Competitive Archer and Advocate)
Erika Eiffel
2
Birthdate: June 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States

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.

 23 
Septima Poinsette Clark
(Educator)
Septima Poinsette Clark
2
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Died: December 15, 1987
 24 
Sophie Shevardnadze
(Journalist)
Sophie Shevardnadze
2
Birthdate: September 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
 25 
Minna Canth
(Finnish Social Activist and Writer Best Known for Her Plays, 'The Pastor's Family' and 'The Worker's Wife')
Minna Canth
2
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.

 26 
Carrie Nation
(Activist)
Carrie Nation
2
Birthdate: November 25, 1846
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gerrard County, Kentucky, USA
Died: June 9, 1911
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 27 
Crystal Eastman
(Lawyer)
Crystal Eastman
4
Birthdate: June 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 8, 1928
 28 
Diane di Prima
(Poet)
Diane di Prima
2
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 29 
Toni Cade Bambara
(Author)
Toni Cade Bambara
2
Birthdate: March 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 1995
 30 
Hazel Hawke
(Social worker, Pianist)
Hazel Hawke
0
Birthdate: July 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died: May 23, 2013
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Abigail Hopper Gibbons
(Schoolteacher)
Abigail Hopper Gibbons
1
Birthdate: December 7, 1801
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 16, 1893
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Zara
(Singer)
Zara
2
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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Pai Bing-bing
(Singer, Actress)
Pai Bing-bing
2
Birthdate: May 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Keelung, Taiwan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 34 
Annie Belle
(Actress)
Annie Belle
4
Birthdate: December 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
 35 
Fatema Mernissi
(Sociologist)
Fatema Mernissi
2
Birthdate: September 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: November 30, 2015
 36 
Efua Sutherland
(Playwright)
Efua Sutherland
2
Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana
Died: January 2, 1996
 37 
Nimco Ali
(Feminist and Social Activist Known for Her Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation)
Nimco Ali
2
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Somali Democratic Republic

British Somali social activist and feminist icon Nimco Ali is known for her association with The Girl Generation, a campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). Being a victim of genital mutilation herself, she later established the organization Daughters of Eve and The Five Foundation to battle FGM.

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Lizzie Burns
(Activist)
Lizzie Burns
4
Birthdate: August 6, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: September 12, 1878
 39 
Maggie Kuhn
(Activist)
Maggie Kuhn
4
Birthdate: August 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: April 22, 1995
 40 
Anna Jean Ayres
(Occupational Therapist)
Anna Jean Ayres
4
Birthdate: January 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Visalia, California, United States
Died: December 16, 1988
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Hodan Nalayeh
(Social activist)
Hodan Nalayeh
2
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Somalia
Died: July 12, 2019
 42 
Ela Bhatt
(Indian Cooperative Organiser, Activist and Founder of 'Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA)')
Ela Bhatt
2
Birthdate: September 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ahmedabad, India

Best known as the founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India, or SEWA, Ela Bhatt is a champion for women empowerment. Her efforts have won her awards such as the Padma Shri, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and the Padma Bhushan. A trained lawyer, she has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

 43 
Mirabehn
(Political Activist)
Mirabehn
2
Birthdate: November 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: July 20, 1982
 44 
Saima Wazed
(Activist)
Saima Wazed
4
Birthdate: December 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
 45 
Faith Alupo
(Politician)
Faith Alupo
2
Birthdate: October 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: September 15, 2020
 46 
Ilwad Elman
(Human rights activist)
Ilwad Elman
0
Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
 47 
Edith Abbott
(Economist)
Edith Abbott
1
Birthdate: September 26, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: July 28, 1957
 48 
Clara Luper
(Schoolteacher)
Clara Luper
2
Birthdate: May 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 8, 2011
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Edith Nourse Rogers
(Politician)
Edith Nourse Rogers
2
Birthdate: March 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saco, Maine, United States
Died: September 10, 1960
 50 
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
(Educator)
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
2
Birthdate: February 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Died: November 9, 1958