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List of Famous Women's Rights Activists

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List of famous women's rights activists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top women's rights activists in the world? This includes the most prominent women's rights activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable women's rights activists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic women's rights activists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned women's rights activists.

This is a list that includes people like Susan B. Anthony and Betty Ford.

From reputable, prominent, and well known women's rights activists to the lesser known women's rights activists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the women's rights activist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous women's rights activists ever?" and "What are the names of famous women's rights activists?" then you're in the right place.

Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Women's Rights Activists
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Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and set a precedent as a politically active presidential spouse. Ford also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1973 to 1974. Throughout her husband's term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues. Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy. In addition, she was a passionate supporter of the Equal Rights ...more on Wikipedia

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Susan B. Anthony is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Women's Rights Activists
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Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong friend and co-worker in social reform activities, primarily in the field of women's rights. In 1852, they founded the New York Women's State Temperance Society after Anthony was prevented from speaking at a temperance conference because she was female. In 1863, they ...more on Wikipedia

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Gloria Steinem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Women's Rights Activists
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Gloria Marie Steinem (; born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.Steinem was a columnist for New York magazine, and a co-founder of Ms. magazine. In 1969, Steinem published an article, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation", which brought her to national fame as a feminist leader. In 2005, Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works "to make women visible and powerful in the media".As of May 2018, Steinem travels internationally as an organizer and ...more on Wikipedia

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Ida B. Wells is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Women's Rights Activists
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Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She arguably became the most famous black woman in America, during a life that was centered on combating prejudice and violence, who fought for equality for African Americans, especially women.Wells was born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War. At the age of 16, she lost both her parents and her infant brother in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. She ...more on Wikipedia