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List of famous female peace activists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female peace activists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being peace activists. There are thousand of females working as peace activists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic peace activists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a peace activist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list includes Phyllis Bennis, Rachel Corrie and more people.

While this isn't a list of all female peace activists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female peace activists?" and "Who are the best female peace activists?"
Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Peace Activists
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Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. Ono grew up in Tokyo, and studied at Gakushuin University while her family moved to the US to escape the war. They reunited in 1953, and after some time at Sarah Lawrence College, she became involved in New York City's downtown artists scene, including the Fluxus group. She first met Lennon in 1966 at her own art exhibition in London, and they became a couple in 1968. Ono and Lennon famously used their honeymoon as a stage for public protests against the Vietnam War with their Bed-Ins for Peace in ...more

Age: 85

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Cindy Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Peace Activists
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Cindy Lee Miller Sheehan is an American antiwar activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch—a stand that drew both passionate support and angry criticism. Sheehan ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008. She is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. Her memoir, Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism, was published in 2006. Sheehan was the 2012 vice-presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party, and received 1.2% of ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Dorothy Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Peace Activists
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Dorothy Day, Obl.O.S.B. was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert. She advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. She served as editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper from 1933 until her death in 1980. The Catholic Church has opened the cause for Day's canonization and therefore refers to her with the title Servant of God. ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1897-1980)

Birthplace: Bath Beach, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Samantha Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Peace Activists
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Samantha Reed Smith was an American schoolgirl, peace activist and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous in the Cold War era United States and Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov, and received a personal reply which included a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted. Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a "Goodwill Ambassador", and became known as "America's Youngest Ambassador" participating in peacemaking activities in Japan. She wrote a book about her visit to the Soviet Union and co-starred in the television series Lime Street, before her death at the ...more

Age: Died at 13 (1972-1985)

Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States of America

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