List of women's rights activists

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This article is a list of notable women's rights activists.



American (United states)


  • Thelma Bate (1904–1984) – community leader, advocate for inclusion of Aboriginal women in Country Women's Association
  • Sandra Bloodworth – labour historian, socialist activist, co-founder of the Trotskyist organisation Socialist Alternative, editor of Marxist Left Review.
  • Eva Cox (born 1938) – sociologist and feminist active in both the political and social services sectors. Long-time member of the Women's Electoral Lobby and social commentator on women in power, women and work and social justice.
  • Zelda D'Aprano (1928–present) - trade unionist, feminist, in 1969 chained herself to the doors of the Commonwealth Building in protest for equal pay.
  • Louisa Margaret Dunkley (1866–1927) – telegraphist, labor organizer.
  • Elizabeth Evatt (born 1933) – legal reformist and juror; outspoken on inadequacy of Australia's Sex Discrimination Act in relation to CEDAW. Evatt was the first Australian to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
  • Miles Franklin (1879–1954) – writer and feminist of national significance.
  • Vida Goldstein (1869–1949) – early Australian feminist politician who campaigned for women's suffrage and social reform. First woman in the British Empire to stand for election to a national parliament.
  • Germaine Greer (born 1939) – Author of The Female Eunuch, academic and social commentator.
  • Bella Guerin (1858–1923) – first woman to graduate from an Australian university, Guerin was a socialist feminist prominent (although with periods of public dispute) within the Australian Labor Party.
  • Louisa Lawson (1848–1920)) – feminist, suffragist, author and publisher. Founder of The Dawn, Lawson was a radical pro-republican federalist.
  • Eileen Powell (1913–1997) – trade unionist, women's activist and important contributor to the Equal Pay for Equal Work decision.
  • Millicent Preston-Stanley (1883–1955) – first female member of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Campaigned for the custodial rights of mothers in divorce and women's healthcare.
  • Elizabeth Anne Reid – world's first advisor on women's affairs to a head of state (Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam) and active on women's development for the UN. Also prominent in HIV activism.
  • Bessie Rischbieth (1874–1967)) – earliest female appointed to any court (honorary position to the Perth Children's Court in 1915); early activist against the Australian Government's practice of taking Aboriginal children from their mothers (Stolen Generation; leading founding member of many women's organisations and editor of The Dawn.
  • Jessie Street (1889–1970) – Australian suffragette, feminist and human rights campaigner. Influential in labor rights and early days of UN.
  • Anne Summers (born 1945)- women's rights activist, prominent in political and media spheres. Women's advisor to Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating and editor of Ms. magazine (New York).
  • Rosie Batty (born 1962) - 2015 Australian of the year and family violence campaigner.
  • Fiona Patten (born 1964) - Leader of the Australian sex party, lobbyist for personal freedoms and the progressive lifestyle.
  • Michelle Payne (born 1985) - First female winner of the Melbourne Cup and an advocate for increased presence of women in sport.
  • Margot Fink (born 1994) - Prominent LGBTIQ activist and nominee for Young Australian of the Year (2016).











  • Qasim Amin (1863–1908) – jurist, early advocate of women’s rights in Egyptian society
  • Nawal el-Saadawi (born 1931) – writer and doctor, advocate for women’s health and equality
  • Hoda Shaarawi (1879–1947) – feminist, organizer for the Mubarrat Muhammad Ali (women’s social service organization), the Union of Educated Egyptian Women and the Wafdist Women’s Central Committee, founder and first president of the Egyptian Feminist Union
  • Engy Ghozlan (born 1985) – coordinator of campaigns against sexual harassment in Egypt
  • Soraya Bahgat (born 1983) – Finnish-Egyptian women's rights advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Tahrir Bodyguard in Egypt








  • Mamatha Raghuveer Achanta – a women and child rights activist and has served as Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Warangal District, Member, A.P. State Commission for Protection Child Rights, and Founder and Executive Director, Tharuni, a non-government organization (NGO) that focuses on girl child and women empowerment. She has participated in rescues and adjudicated on issues such as exploitation, violence, child sexual abuse, child marriages, and neglect.
  • Manasi Pradhan (born 1962) – Founder of the Honour for Women National Campaign, a nationwide campaign to end violence against women in India.
  • Idrees Ul Haq (born 1988- ) – Founder of the Social Royal Voluntary Environmental Service,An ardent Human Rights Activist,who campaigns to end violence against women in State of Jammu and Kashmir.[4]
  • Margaret "Gretta" Cousins (1878–1954) – Irish-Indian suffragist, established All India Women's Conference, co-founded Irish Women's Franchise League
  • Jyotiba Phule (1827–1890) – social reformer, critic of the caste system, founded a school for girls, a widow-remarriage initiative, a home for upper caste widows, and a home for infant girls to discourage female infanticide
  • Sunitha Krishnan (born 1972) – Indian social activist and chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala, an institution that assists trafficked women, girls and transgender people in finding shelter, giving education and employment.
  • Subodh Markandeya – well known senior advocate .






  • Alaa Murabit (born 1989) – physician, advocate for inclusive security, peace building and post-conflict governance.


New Zealand

  • Kate Sheppard (1847–1934) – suffragette, influential in winning voting rights for women in 1893 (the first country and national election in which women were allowed to vote)







Puerto Rican






  • Sophie Adlersparre (1823–1895) – publisher, women's rights activist and one of three (Fredrika Bremer and Rosalie Roos) most notable pioneers of women's rights movement in Sweden.
  • Gertrud Adelborg (1853–1942) – teacher, active in the women's rights movement and struggle for woman suffrage
  • Ellen Anckarsvärd (1833–1898) – women's rights activists, co-founded Föreningen för gift kvinnas äganderätt (The Married Woman's Property Rights Association)
  • Fredrika Bremer (1801–1865) – writer, feminist activist and pioneer of the organized women's rights movement in Sweden.
  • Josefina Deland (1814–1890) – feminist, writer, teacher, founded Svenska lärarinnors pensionsförening (The Society for Retired Female Teachers)
  • Anna Hierta-Retzius (1841–1924) – women's rights activist and philanthropist.
  • Lotten von Kræmer (1828–1912) – baroness, writer, poet, philatrophist, founder of the literary society Samfundet De Nio.
  • Agda Montelius (1850–1920) – philanthropist feminist, chairman of the Fredrika-Bremer-förbundet.
  • Rosalie Roos (1823–1898) – feminist activist, writer and pioneer of the organized women's rights movement in Sweden.
  • Hilda Sachs (1857–1935) – journalist, writer and feminist.
  • Sophie Sager, (1825 – 1902) – women's rights activist and writer.
  • Anna Sandström (1854–1931) – educational reformer.
  • Kajsa Wahlberg – Sweden's national rapporteur on human trafficking opposition activities.
  • Anna Whitlock (1852–1930) – school pioneer, journalist and feminist.





See also


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  2. Richard J. Evans: The feminist movement in Germany. London, Beverly Hills 1976 (SAGE Studies in 20th Century History, Vol. 6). ISBN 0-8039-9951-8, S. 120
  3. Prah, Mansah (2002). "Jiagge, Annie (1918–1996)". In Commire, Anne (ed.). Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Waterford, Connecticut: Yorkin Publications. ISBN 0-7876-4074-3. Unknown parameter |subscription= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>