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List of famous social activists, with photos, bios, and other information.  Who are the top social activists in the world? This includes the most prominent social activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable social activists is ordered by their level of prominence,, and you can sort the info by column.

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Salma Hayek Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El ...more

Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and ...more

Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Elizabeth Taylor Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of ...more

Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Rosie O'Donnell Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights ...more

Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two ...more

Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Marlon Brando Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor and film director. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential ...more

Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Al Sharpton Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton Jr. is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, television/radio talk show host and a trusted White House adviser who, according to 60 Minutes, ...more

Elizabeth Berkley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Elizabeth Berkley Elizabeth Berkley Lauren is an American television, film and theatre actress. Berkley's most notable roles were in the television series Saved by the Bell, as the brainy Jessie Spano, and the ...more

Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Jesse Jackson Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. ...more

Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix, known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is a Puerto Rican-born American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, ...more

Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, ...more

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the ...more

Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more

Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her ...more

Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Margaret Cho Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and ...more

Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Willie Nelson Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and ...more

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead ...more

George Soros is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
George Soros George Soros is a Hungarian-born American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of ...more

Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom ...more

Marlo Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Marlo Thomas Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas is an American actress, producer, and social activist known for starring on the sitcom That Girl and her award-winning feminist children's franchise, Free ...more

Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Clay Aiken Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North ...more

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Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Tim Robbins Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is known for his roles as Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham, Jacob Singer in ...more

Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper is a co-founder of True Colors Fund.

Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte is an author.

Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has led the industrial ...more

Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more

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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Ralph Nader Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Tom Morello The Nightwatchman is the alter-ego and solo act of American musician Tom Morello. Morello began performing as the Nightwatchman in 2003 as an outlet for his political views while he was playing ...more

John Denver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

Paul Robeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Paul Robeson Paul Leroy Robeson was an American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding football player, then had an international ...more

Medgar Evers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Medgar Evers Medgar Wiley Evers was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas ...more

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Preity Zinta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Preity Zinta Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. After graduating with a degree in criminal ...more

Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Charles Lindbergh Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more

Margaret Sanger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Margaret Sanger Margaret Higgins Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, ...more

Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz ...more

Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Melissa Etheridge Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more

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Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Howard Zinn Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including his ...more

Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Common Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more

Bhagat Singh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bhagat Singh Bhagat Singh was an Indian socialist considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as "Shaheed Bhagat ...more

Jane Addams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Jane Addams Jane Addams was a pioneer American settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In an era when presidents such as Theodore ...more

Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Erykah Badu Erykah Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in ...more

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Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. A Mexican American, Chavez became ...more

Mýa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Mýa Mýa Marie Harrison, better known as Mýa, is an American hip hop and R&B singer, record producer and actress. Harrison's eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was ...more

Andrew Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Andrew Sullivan Andrew Michael Sullivan is a British author, editor and blogger, resident in the United States. A former editor of The New Republic and the author or editor of six books, Sullivan is an ...more

Phyllis Schlafly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Phyllis Schlafly Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and speaker and founder of the Eagle Forum. She is known for her staunch social and ...more

Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the lead singer and principal songwriter of the bands Radiohead and Atoms for Peace, known for his wide ...more

Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bryan Adams Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during ...more

Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Larry Kramer Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to ...more

Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate ...more