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

Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt
American

Mena Suvari Mena Suvari
American

Lali Espósito Lali Espósito
Argentinian

Bianca Jagger Bianca Jagger
Nicaraguan, British
Tammy Bruce Tammy Bruce
American

Jason Ralph Jason Ralph
American

Alice Paul Alice Paul
American
Betty Ford Betty Ford
American

Dorothy Day Dorothy Day
American

Alyssa Diaz Alyssa Diaz
American

Carré Otis Carré Otis
American
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Mary Frann Mary Frann
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
Amanda BrugelAmanda Brugel
Canadian

Mamie TillMamie Till
American

Gloria AllredGloria Allred
American
Elif ShafakElif Shafak
French, Turkish

Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
British
Nicole da SilvaNicole da Silva
Australian

Cecile RichardsCecile Richards
American

Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
American
Adwoa AboahAdwoa Aboah
British

Maud GonneMaud Gonne
Irish, British
Simone CampbellSimone Campbell
American

Lucy BurnsLucy Burns
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Rebecca Latimer FeltonRebecca Latimer Felton
American

Beate Sirota GordonBeate Sirota Gordon
Austrian, American
Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
American

Tehmina DurraniTehmina Durrani
Pakistani

Ethel SmythEthel Smyth
British

Frances LearFrances Lear
American

Amelia BloomerAmelia Bloomer
American
Sarah WeddingtonSarah Weddington
American

Thomas Wentworth HigginsonThomas Wentworth Higginson
American
Belva Ann LockwoodBelva Ann Lockwood
American

Esther PetersonEsther Peterson
American

Whina CooperWhina Cooper
New Zealander
Harriot Stanton BlatchHarriot Stanton Blatch
American

Emma WillardEmma Willard
American
Margaret BondfieldMargaret Bondfield
British

Maggie KuhnMaggie Kuhn
American
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps WardElizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
American

Dorothy DixDorothy Dix
American

Shulamit AloniShulamit Aloni
Israeli
Halide Edib AdıvarHalide Edib Adıvar
Turkish

Antoinette Brown BlackwellAntoinette Brown Blackwell
American
Arabella MansfieldArabella Mansfield
American