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Lesley Abdela
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: women's rights activist, journalist

Jane Addams
1860-1935
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, co-founded Hull House

Halide Edib Adivar
1883-1964
From: Turkey
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: novelist, feminist

Lizzie Ahern
1877-1969
From: Australia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: socialist propagandist

Dee Aker
From: United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: International correspondent, Director of Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Nazik Al-Malaikah
1923-2007
From: Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet

Sibilla Aleramo
1876-1960
From: Italy
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, feminist

Soteria Aliberty
1847-1929
From: Greece
Fields: Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Greek feminist and educator

Shulamit Aloni
1928-2014
From: Israel
Fields: Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: politician, activist, educator, journalist

Blanche Ames Ames
1878-1969
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Art, Human Rights, Invention
Key Words/Phrases: artist, activist, inventor, patented a method for capturing enemy warplanes

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
1836-1917
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Health and Medicine, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: first female physician in England, first female mayor in England

Maya Angelou
1928-2014
From: United States: Arkansas, California, Missouri, North Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: poet, novelist, activist, actress

Mathilde Franziska Anneke
1817-1884
From: Germany, United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: socialist, feminist, newspaper editor

Katharine Susan Anthony
1877-1965
From: United States: Arkansas, New York
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: suffragist, feminist, biographer

Susan B. Anthony
1820-1906
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: social reformer, feminist

Kritaya Archavanitkul
1949-
From: Thailand
Fields: Human Rights, Sociology/Social Work
Key Words/Phrases: demographer

Inessa Armand
1874-1920
From: France, Russia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: communist politician

Margery Corbett Ashby
1882-1981
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: suffragist, politician

Hanan Ashrawi
1946-
From: Palestine
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Politician, human rights activist

Mary Astell
1666-1731
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Philosophy
Key Words/Phrases: Feminist writer

Margaret Eleanor Atwood
1939-
From: Canada
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Poet, novelist, environmental activist

Hubertine Auclert
1848-1914
From: France
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Suffragist

Anita Augspurg
1857-1943
From: Germany, Switzerland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: Actress, lawyer, writer and feminist

Mariama Ba
1929-1981
From: Senegal
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Writer, feminist

Joan Baez
1941-
From: United States: California, Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Music
Key Words/Phrases: Folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist

Sarah G. Bagley
1806-1883
From: United States: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations
Key Words/Phrases: Women's rights activist, labor organizer

Ella Baker
1903-1986
From: United States: Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Civil rights activist, labor organizer

Emily Greene Balch
1867-1961
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Economics, Education, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Economist, activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Maria Louise Baldwin
1856-1922
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Educator, civic leader

Frances Balfour
1858-1931
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Suffragist

Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
1743-1825
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Author, poet, essayist, editor

Emily Dunning Barringer
1876-1961
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: First female ambulance surgeon

Robertine Barry
1863-1910
From: Canada
Fields: Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Journalist and publisher

Daisy Gatson Bates
1914-1999
From: United States: Arkansas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Civil rights activist

Mary Ritter Beard
1876-1958
From: United States: Indiana, New York
Fields: Education, History, Human Rights

Lydia Becker
1827-1890
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Alva Belmont
1853-1933
From: United States: Alabama, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Annie Wood Besant
1847-1933
From: India, United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: activist, Theosophist

Mary McLeod Bethune
1875-1955
From: United States: Florida, South Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Teresa Billington-Greig
1877-1964
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Alice Stone Blackwell
1857-1950
From: United States: Massachusetts, New Jersey
Fields: Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell
1825-1921
From: United States: New Jersey, New York
Fields: Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: first American woman ordained minister, activist

Ruby Bridges
1954-
From: United States: Louisiana, Mississippi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: first black child to attend a white school in New Orleans

Mary Shadd Cary
1823-1893
From: Canada, United States: Delaware, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Mary Agnes Meara Chase
1869-1963
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Agriculture and Horticulture, Art, Biology, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: botanist, illustrator, women's rights activist

Septima Poinsette Clark
1898-1987
From: United States: South Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Claudette Colvin
1939-
From: United States: Alabama, New York
Fields: Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Defied bus segregation in Montgomery, AL, before Rosa Parks did

Ellen Smith Craft
1826-1891
From: United Kingdom, United States: Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Sociology/Social Work

Simone de Beauvoir
1908-1986
From: France
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Philosophy

Marian Wright Edelman
1939-
From: United States: Mississippi, South Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett
1847-1929
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: suffragist, feminist

Betty Ford
1918-2011
From: United States: California, Illinois, Michigan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Other
Key Words/Phrases: First Lady, activist

Marion Sanger Frank
1875-1960
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: suffragist, voting rights for women

Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett)
c. 1742-1829
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: slavery, anti-slavery, activism, human rights, precedent

Margaret Fuller
1810-1850
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: journalist, critic, women's rights activist

Miep Gies
1909-2010
From: Netherlands
Fields: Human Rights

Emma Goldman
1869-1940
From: Canada, Lithuania, Russia, United Kingdom, United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: anarchist, women's rights

Joan Halifax
1942-
From: United States: California, New Hampshire
Fields: Anthropology, Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: Buddhist roshi, Ojai Foundation, hospice caregiver

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer
1917-1977
From: United States: Mississippi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
1825-1911
From: United States: Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Dorothy Height
1912-2010
From: United States: Pennsylvania, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Psychology
Key Words/Phrases: civil rights activist, president of National Council of Negro Women, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal

Raicho Hiratsuka
1886-1971
From: Japan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: feminist, journalist, activist

Julia Ward Howe
1819-1910
From: United States: New York, Rhode Island
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, social activist, poet, wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Harriet Jacobs
1813-1897
From: United States: Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Elizabeth Jennings Graham
1830-1901
From: United States: New York
Fields: Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: won the first desegregation case in 1855, teacher

Helen Keller
1880-1968
From: United States: Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: author, political activist, lecturer, deaf/blind

Florence Kelley
1859-1932
From: United States: Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law, Management and Labor Relations

Fanny Kemble
1809-1893
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, actor, abolitionist, writer

Coretta Scott King
1927-2006
From: United States: Alabama, Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: civil rights activist

Ellen Kuzwayo
1914-2006
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Agnes Maule Machar
1837-1927
From: Canada
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, activist

Ellen A. Martin
1847-1916
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: lawyer, activist

Burnita Shelton Matthews
1894-1988
From: United States: Mississippi, Washington DC
Fields: Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: first woman appointed to a U.S. district court.

Mary McDowell
1854-1936
From: United States: Illinois, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Rigoberta Menchu
1959-
From: Guatemala, Mexico
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Constance Baker Motley
1921-2005
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Human Rights, Law

Lucretia Coffin Mott
1793-1880
From: United States: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, women's rights activist, Quaker

Micere Githae Mugo
1942-
From: Kenya, Zimbabwe
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Pauli Murray
1910-1985
From: United States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law, Religion

Christabel Pankhurst
1880-1958
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: activist, suffragette

Emmeline Pankhurst
1858-1928
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: activist, suffragette

Rosa Louise Parks
1913-2005
From: United States: Alabama, Michigan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Lucy Parsons
1853-1942
From: United States: Illinois, Texas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Elizabeth Peratrovich
1911-1958
From: United States: Alaska
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Alaska civil rights activist

Amelia Stone Quinton
1833-1926
From: United States: New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: social activist, president of Women's National Indian Association

Jeannette Rankin
1880-1973
From: United States: Montana, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Congresswoman, pacifist

Adrienne Rich
1929-
From: United States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: poet, essayist, feminist

Mary Robinson
1944-
From: Ireland
Fields: Education, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Law
Key Words/Phrases: President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner, lawyer

Anita Roddick
1942-2007
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance, Human Rights, Philanthropy
Key Words/Phrases: Founder of the Body Shop, activist, philanthropist

Pauline Roland
1805-1852
From: France
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: feminist, socialist

Eleanor Roosevelt
1884-1962
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Other
Key Words/Phrases: First Lady, author, writer, speaker, activist

Ernestine Louise Rose
1810-1892
From: Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: feminist, abolitionist, activist

Josephine Ruffin
1842-1924
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: editor, journalist, civil rights leader, activist

Ginetta Sagan
1925?-2000
From: Italy, United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Rose Schneiderman
1884-1972
From: Poland, United States: New York
Fields: Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Irena Sendler
1910-2008
From: Poland
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Saved many children of the Holocaust

Huda Shaarawi
1879-1947
From: Egypt
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Anna Howard Shaw
1847-1919
From: United Kingdom, United States: Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: women's suffrage, minister, physician

Vandana Shiva
1952-
From: India
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Environment, Human Rights, Physics
Key Words/Phrases: activist, writer

Nina Simone
1933-2003
From: Barbados, France, United States: New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Fields: Human Rights, Music

Mary Slessor
1848-1915
From: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Religion
Key Words/Phrases: Christian missionary, women's rights advocate

Elizabeth Oakes Smith
1806-1893
From: United States: Maine, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, poet, activist

Mary Louise Smith
1937-
From: United States: Alabama
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Preceded Rosa Parks in defying bus segregation

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
1883-1971
From: United Kingdom, United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Architecture and Interior Design, Engineering, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: civil engineer, architect, activist, suffragist

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
1815-1902
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, women's movement, author of Declaration of Sentiments, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association

Gloria Steinem
1934-
From: United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: feminist, journalist, activist

Lucy Stone
1818-1893
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: abolitionist, suffragist, activist

Sharon Stone
1958-
From: United States: California, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: actress, activist

Emily Stowe
1831-1903
From: Canada
Fields: Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: teacher, school principal, physician, doctor, suffragist

Harriet Beecher Stowe
1811-1896
From: United States: Connecticut, Maine
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: writer, novelist, abolitionist, teacher

Aung San Suu Kyi
1945-
From: Myanmar
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Mary Burnett Talbert
1866-1923
From: United States: Arkansas, New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Grace Wilbur Trout
1864-1955
From: United States: Florida, Illinois, Iowa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Sojourner Truth
1797-1883
From: United States: Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Harriet Tubman
1820-1913
From: United States: Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad

Urvashi Vaid
1958-
From: India, United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law

Alva Vanderbilt-Belmont
1853-1933
From: France, United States: Alabama, New York
Fields: Human Rights, Other

Sima Wali
From: Afghanistan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Alice Walker
1944-
From: United States: California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Mary Edwards Walker
1832-1919
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine, Human Rights

Jean Webster
1876-1916
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Sarah Weddington
1945-
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Human Rights, Law

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
1862-1931
From: United States: Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Emma Willard
1787-1870
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Education, Human Rights

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
1839-1898
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Mary Wollstonecraft
1759-1797
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Philosophy

Victoria Claflin Woodhull
1838-1927
From: United Kingdom, United States: New York, Ohio
Fields: Business and Finance, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Virginia Woolf
1882-1941
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Fanny Bullock Workman
1859-1925
From: France, Germany, United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Human Rights

Frances Wright
1795-1852
From: United Kingdom, United States: Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Sakena Yacoobi
From: Afghanistan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning



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