List of famous women's rights activists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Where would feminism be today had it not been for the thousands of women's rights activists across the world who have struggled over the past several decades demanding equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women? These activists have played a pivotal role in bringing about a greater degree of gender equality in the society and in campaigning for basic women’s rights such as the right to education, right to vote, right to work and to own property. Even though several ancient Greek philosophers including Socrates and Plato demanded equal rights for women, it is the 18th century women’s rights activists like Olympes de Gouge and Mary Wollstonecraft who are considered the forerunners of the modern women's movement. Susan Brownell Anthony, a prominent 19th century feminist was very active in the women's suffrage movement and played a pivotal role in creating the International Council of Women. British women Christabel Pankhurst and Millicent Garrett passionately fought for the rights of women in their country while Canadian physician Dr. Emily Howard Stowe campaigned for Canada's first medical college for women. Throughout the centuries, several men like Parker Pillsbury, Sir Henry Maine, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson have also contributed to women’s rights movements. Read on to discover about the life and works of various famous women's rights activists from all over the world.

Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o
Kenyan, Mexican

Mena Suvari Mena Suvari
American
Lali Espósito Lali Espósito
Argentinian

Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt
American

Jason Ralph Jason Ralph
American

Bianca Jagger Bianca Jagger
Nicaraguan, British

Alyssa Diaz Alyssa Diaz
American

Tammy Bruce Tammy Bruce
American

Betty Ford Betty Ford
American

Dorothy Day Dorothy Day
American

Mary Frann Mary Frann
American

Alice Paul Alice Paul
American
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Carré Otis Carré Otis
American

Lucy Stone Lucy Stone
American

Kate Sheppard Kate Sheppard
New Zealander

Edith Dircksey Cowan Edith Cowan
Australian

Pearl Buck Pearl Buck
American

Evita Peron Evita Peron
Argentinian

Manisha KoiralaManisha Koirala
Indian, Nepalese
Lina EscoLina Esco
American

Nandita DasNandita Das
Indian
Gloria AllredGloria Allred
American

Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
British

Amanda BrugelAmanda Brugel
Canadian
Nicole da SilvaNicole da Silva
Australian

Cecile RichardsCecile Richards
American
Mamie TillMamie Till
American

Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
American

Maud GonneMaud Gonne
Irish, British
Sarah WeddingtonSarah Weddington
American

Adwoa AboahAdwoa Aboah
British
Rebecca Latimer FeltonRebecca Latimer Felton
American

Tehmina DurraniTehmina Durrani
Pakistani

Ethel SmythEthel Smyth
British

Amelia BloomerAmelia Bloomer
American
Lucy BurnsLucy Burns
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Thomas Wentworth HigginsonThomas Wentworth Higginson
American

Belva Ann LockwoodBelva Ann Lockwood
American

Emma WillardEmma Willard
American

Frances LearFrances Lear
American
Esther PetersonEsther Peterson
American

Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
American
Halide Edib AdıvarHalide Edib Adıvar
Turkish

Whina CooperWhina Cooper
New Zealander

Dorothy DixDorothy Dix
American
Margaret BondfieldMargaret Bondfield
British

Antoinette Brown BlackwellAntoinette Brown Blackwell
American
Shulamit AloniShulamit Aloni
Israeli

Arabella MansfieldArabella Mansfield
American
Maggie KuhnMaggie Kuhn
American

Mary Corinna Putnam JacobiMary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
British, American

Barbara BodichonBarbara Bodichon
British
Beate Sirota GordonBeate Sirota Gordon
Austrian, American

Alice Freeman PalmerAlice Freeman Palmer
American
Virginia MinorVirginia Minor
American