Famous Women Activists

Famous Women Activists

There are so many things happening around us, unhealthy politics, illegal issues and many more, but most women keep themselves busy at home or rather mind their own businesses, hiding away from the world. But, amongst all of these women, some choose to stand up for incidents that are unjust and illegal. Find more about these famous women and their brave deeds.
Historyplex Staff
Ours is a male dominant society, women are usually given a secondary position in society, although things have improved now as compared to the past. Most women were even deprived of the basic education and usually kept busy at home hiding away from the world and its issues. And those who had the privilege of gaining basic learning and reading skills were discouraged to gain further higher education. But today's scenario seems to be a little better, although not very good. Some parts of the world like India, Pakistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates) and a few others, are still male driven communities and females have no say in politics, legal issues and many other aspects. They don't even have the right to stand up for the injustice done to them.
In spite of all these hurdles, there have been a few women who have been strong and independent enough to fight the injustice done to them or society. And the existence of such brave woman has been there ever since the 1600s. At that time women of such valor were few, but today women stand at par with men and play a huge role in shaping the male dominant society into a more neutral one. Many women voice their views through their writings while others show it in their deeds. There have been women who also fight for women rights and are successful, to some extent, in reforming the system and restoring the rights of women. A salute to these amazing women! At this point, the words of Elvis Costello's song seem so true, "she may be the beauty or the beast, the famine or the feast or may turn each day into a heaven or a hell. She may be a hundred different things, within the measure of a day". This article is dedicated to all those famous women activists who have contributed in shaping the society and made the world a better place to live in.
Women Activists Nationality Short Description
Angela Davis American Political activist, revolutionary, professor and author
Aung San Suu Kyi Burmese Writer and activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner
Angelina Grimke American Women's rights advocate
Annie Besant American Women's rights activist
Antoinette Brown American Feminist
Baroness Afshar Iranian Feminist, professor and activist
Benazir Butto Pakistani Social activist and the former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Betty Friedan American Feminist, activist, and writer
Clara Hale American Social reformer
Dorothy Day American Editor and women's rights advocate
Dolores Huerta American Labor leader and activist
Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake Sri Lankan Activist and chief justice
Sonia Johnson American Activist and religion leader
Emma Goldman American Anarchist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton American Social reformer and feminist
Ella Baker American Civil rights activist
Ernestine Rose American Activist
Ethel Percy Andrus American Social activist
Florence Nightingale British Nurse and reformer
Germaine Greer British Reformer, author, and educator
Golda Meir Israeli Described as the 'Iron Woman' and an activist
Gloria Steinem American Feminist, journalist, lecturer
Indira Gandhi Indian Activist and the former Prime Minister of India
Jane Addams American Social worker
Jane Goodall British Environmentalist, human rights activist, and animal rights activist
Judi Bari American Environmentalist, feminist, and social activist
Julia Butterfly Hill American Activist and environmentalist
Julia Howe American Social reformer
June Jordan American Human rights activist, poet, writer, and feminist
Lady Diana British Activist
Linda Moulton Howe American Journalist, environmentalist, and author
Lucretia Mott American Social reformer
Lucy Stone American Feminist and advocate for women's rights
Maggie Kuhn American Activist and social worker
Mairead Maguire Irish Peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Margaret Sanger American Nurse and social reformer
Marian Eledman American Social reformer, lawyer, and author
Mary Shelley Brtish Writer and women's rights activist
Maya Angelou American Author, poet and civil rights activist
Mother Teresa Albanian, Indian Social worker and reformer
Nandita Das Indian Social activist and environmentalist
Rachel Carson American Author on the natural world and environmentalist
Rosa Parks American Civil rights leader
Sally Kempton American Writer and feminist
Sheila Watt-Cloutier American Environmentalist, author, and politician
Shirin Ebadi Iranian Feminist, lawyer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
These women are gentle yet firm, dedicated yet strong, straightforward yet ethical, and definitely passionate about their vision. These women have been instrumental in shaping the society and marking the world's progress!