Women Social Reformers

Throughout history, there have been many women social reformers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female social reformers such as Harriet Tubman, Jane Addams, Dorothea Dix, Lucretia Mott, Josephine Butler.The women social reformers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

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 1 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 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.

 2 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale.
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 3 Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule.
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Famous As: Social Reformer, Poet
Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naigaon, British India (now in Satara district, Maharashtra)
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

 4 Jane Addams

Jane Addams.
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Birthdate: September 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cedarville, Illinois, U.S.
Died: May 21, 1935

 5 Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix.
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: April 4, 1802
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maine, US
Died: July 17, 1887

 6 Olympe de Gouges

Olympe de Gouges.
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montauban, France
Died: November 3, 1793

Olympe de Gouges was an 18th-century French playwright and political activist. Her writings on women's rights and abolitionism were popular in various countries. She was an outspoken advocate against the slave trade in the French colonies. She demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men. She was executed during the Reign of Terror.

 7 Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott.
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist, Social Reformer
Birthdate: January 3, 1793
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: November 11, 1880
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 8 Gautami

Gautami
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nidadavole, Andhra Pradesh, India

 9 Josephine Butler

Josephine Butler.
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: April 13, 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northumberland
Died: December 30, 1906

 10 Florence Kelley

Florence Kelley
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: September 12, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 17, 1932

 11 Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 22, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: June 15, 1877

 12 Mary White Ovington

Mary White Ovington
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 1951

 13 Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wisbech, England
Died: August 13, 1912

 14 Hilda Taba

Hilda Taba
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 7, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kooraste, Estonia
Died: July 6, 1967

 15 Khadija Arib

Khadija Arib
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hedami, Morocco

 16 Pushpa Basnet

Pushpa Basnet
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Famous As: Social worker
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 17 Julie Billiart

Julie Billiart
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: July 12, 1751
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cuvilly, France
Died: April 8, 1816

 18 Yosano Akiko

Yosano Akiko
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Died: May 29, 1942

 19 Hannah Whitall Smith

Hannah Whitall Smith
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 7, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 1, 1911

 20 Abigail Kelley Foster

Abigail Kelley Foster
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: January 15, 1811
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pelham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 14, 1887

 21 Elizabeth Montagu

Elizabeth Montagu
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: October 2, 1718
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: York, England
Died: August 25, 1800

Part of the 18th-century London intellectual circle, socialite Elizabeth Montagu was a pioneering member of the Bluestockings, a group of women who engaged in evening conversations as a substitute to card-playing. The wife of affluent landowner Edward Montagu, she inherited his riches and later built the Montagu House.

 22 Ellen Gates Starr

Ellen Gates Starr
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: March 19, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Died: February 10, 1940

 23 Mary Carpenter

Mary Carpenter
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Famous As: Educational and Social Reformer
Birthdate: April 3, 1807
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Exeter, England
Died: June 14, 1877

 24 Grace Abbott

Grace Abbott
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: November 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 19, 1939

 25 Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith
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Famous As: Leader
Birthdate: January 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Green, Maryland, United States
Died: February 24, 1915

 26 Ernestine Rose

Ernestine Rose
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Famous As: Social reformer
Birthdate: January 13, 1810
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
Died: August 4, 1892

 27 Florence Jaffray Harriman

Florence Jaffray Harriman
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 21, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 31, 1967

 28 Josephine Shaw Lowell

Josephine Shaw Lowell
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Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: December 16, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 12, 1905

 29 Mary Van Kleeck

Mary Van Kleeck
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glenham, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 1972

 30 Sophonisba Breckinridge

Sophonisba Breckinridge
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 30, 1948

 31 Frances Dana Barker Gage

Frances Dana Barker Gage
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1808
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: November 10, 1884

 32 Iratxe García

Iratxe García
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barakaldo, Spain

 33 Julia Lathrop

Julia Lathrop
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Famous As: Social worker
Birthdate: June 29, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: April 15, 1932

 34 Alice Salomon

Alice Salomon
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Famous As: Social worker
Birthdate: April 19, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: August 30, 1948

 35 Moa Martinson

Moa Martinson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 2, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Linköping Municipality, Sweden
Died: August 5, 1964

 36 Karen Olsen Beck

Karen Olsen Beck
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: January 31, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 37 Regina von Habsburg

Regina von Habsburg
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Famous As: Archduchess
Birthdate: January 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: February 3, 2010

 38 Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: April 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 39 Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: May 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Kentucky, United States
Died: November 25, 1920

 40 Lillie Devereux Blake

Lillie Devereux Blake
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1833
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 30, 1913

 41 Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł

Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: February 27, 1667
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Königsberg, Ducal Prussia
Died: March 25, 1695

 42 Ida Husted Harper

Ida Husted Harper
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 18, 1851
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Franklin County, Indiana, United States
Died: March 14, 1931

 43 Hannah G. Solomon

Hannah G. Solomon
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: January 14, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 7, 1942

 44 Katherine Dreier

Katherine Dreier
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 29, 1952

 45 Barbara Deming

Barbara Deming
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 2, 1984

 46 Lugenia Burns Hope

Lugenia Burns Hope
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Famous As: Social reformer
Birthdate: February 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 14, 1947

 47 May Wright Sewall

May Wright Sewall
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Famous As: Reformer
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. 

 48 Kate Barnard

Kate Barnard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geneva, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 23, 1930

 49 Elisabeth Irwin

Elisabeth Irwin
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: August 29, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 16, 1942

 50 Annie Turner Wittenmyer

Annie Turner Wittenmyer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 26, 1827
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adams County, Ohio, United States
Died: February 2, 1900