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
Jason Ralph Jason Ralph
American

Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt
American

Mena Suvari Mena Suvari
American

Alyssa Diaz Alyssa Diaz
American

Bianca Jagger Bianca Jagger
Nicaraguan, British

Betty Ford Betty Ford
American

Dorothy Day Dorothy Day
American

Alice Paul Alice Paul
American

Carré Otis Carré Otis
American

Mary Frann Mary Frann
American
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Lali Espósito Lali Espósito
Argentinian

Lucy Stone Lucy Stone
American

Edith Dircksey Cowan Edith Cowan
Australian

Kate Sheppard Kate Sheppard
New Zealander

Pearl Buck Pearl Buck
American

Evita Peron Evita Peron
Argentinian

Manisha KoiralaManisha Koirala
Indian, Nepalese

Gloria AllredGloria Allred
American
Nandita DasNandita Das
Indian

Lina EscoLina Esco
American
Norma McCorveyNorma McCorvey
American

Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
British

Nicole da SilvaNicole da Silva
Australian
Amanda BrugelAmanda Brugel
Canadian

Mamie TillMamie Till
American
Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
American

Maud GonneMaud Gonne
Irish, British

Cecile RichardsCecile Richards
American
Rebecca Latimer FeltonRebecca Latimer Felton
American

Adwoa AboahAdwoa Aboah
British
Tehmina DurraniTehmina Durrani
Pakistani

Sarah WeddingtonSarah Weddington
American

Amelia BloomerAmelia Bloomer
American

Thomas Wentworth HigginsonThomas Wentworth Higginson
American
Ethel SmythEthel Smyth
British

Belva Ann LockwoodBelva Ann Lockwood
American

Frances LearFrances Lear
American

Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
American

Esther PetersonEsther Peterson
American
Lucy BurnsLucy Burns
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Emma WillardEmma Willard
American
Whina CooperWhina Cooper
New Zealander

Margaret BondfieldMargaret Bondfield
British

Antoinette Brown BlackwellAntoinette Brown Blackwell
American
Mary Corinna Putnam JacobiMary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
British, American

Lydia Moss BradleyLydia Moss Bradley
American
Maggie KuhnMaggie Kuhn
American

Shulamit AloniShulamit Aloni
Israeli
Dorothy DixDorothy Dix
American

Alice Freeman PalmerAlice Freeman Palmer
American

Arabella MansfieldArabella Mansfield
American
Halide Edib AdıvarHalide Edib Adıvar
Turkish

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