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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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Peter Tatchell is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Peter Tatchell Peter Gary Tatchell is an Australian-born British political campaigner best known for his work with LGBT social movements. Tatchell was selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for ...more

Michael Bolton is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Michael Bolton Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the ...more

Peter McWilliams is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Peter McWilliams Peter Alexander McWilliams was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Jean Genet Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include ...more

Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Abbie Hoffman Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman was an American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to ...more

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian pro-independence activist, politician as well as a poet, writer and playwright. He advocated dismantling the system of caste in Hindu culture, and ...more

Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, ...more

Taslima Nasrin is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Taslima Nasrin Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th ...more

Will Geer is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Will Geer William Aughe Ghere, known as Will Geer, was an American actor and social activist, known for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series The Waltons.

Asha Gill is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Asha Gill Asha Anand Gill {Hindi : आशा which literally means Hope} is a Malaysia-based model, television host, deejay, veejay, writer, producer, film director and women's rights activist. Her father is ...more

Elissa Sursara is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Elissa Sursara Elissa Sursara is an Australian wildlife expert and journalist. She is a blogger on National Geographic NewsWatch. She is the ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund climate change campaign Earth ...more

Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Natalie Maines Natalie Louise Maines Pasdar is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in Lubbock, ...more

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Rosie Perez is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Rosie Perez Rosa Maria "Rosie" Perez is an American actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer. Her film breakthrough was in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. She ...more

Lal Bahadur Shastri is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Lal Bahadur Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party. Shastri joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. ...more

Mike Farrell is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Mike Farrell Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell, Jr. is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H. He is an activist for various political ...more

Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Harold Pinter Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more

The Edge is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
The Edge David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name The Edge, is a British-born Irish musician, songwriter and singer best known as the guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist of the rock band U2. A ...more

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Mithun Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Mithun Chakraborty Gouranga Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, informally referred to as Mithun Da, is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a ...more

Ron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Ron Reagan Ronald Prescott "Ron" Reagan is a former talk radio host and political analyst for KIRO radio and later, Air America Radio, where he hosted his own daily three-hour show. He is a ...more

Geoffrey Canada is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Geoffrey Canada Geoffrey Canada is an American educator, social activist and author. Since 1990, Canada has been president of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York, an organization that states its goal ...more

Zackie Achmat is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Zackie Achmat Abdurrazack "Zackie" Achmat is a South African activist and film director. He is a co-founder the Treatment Action Campaign and known worldwide for his activism on behalf of people ...more

Michelangelo Signorile is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Michelangelo Signorile Michelangelo Signorile is an American journalist, author and talk radio host. His radio program is aired each weekday across the United States and Canada on Sirius XM Radio and globally online. ...more

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Emma Goldman is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Emma Goldman Emma Goldman was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe ...more

Ross McWhirter is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Ross McWhirter Alan Ross McWhirter, known as Ross McWhirter, was, with his twin brother, Norris, the co-founder of Guinness World Records and a contributor to The Record Breakers. He was murdered by the ...more

Tom Hayden is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Tom Hayden Thomas Emmet Hayden, known as Tom Hayden, is an American social and political activist, author, and politician, who is director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, ...more

Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Mos Def Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music, Mos Def ...more

Emmeline Pankhurst is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Emmeline Pankhurst Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. In 1999 Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most ...more

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Víctor Jara is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Víctor Jara Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. A distinguished theatre director, he developed Chilean theatre ...more

Ingrid Newkirk is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Ingrid Newkirk Ingrid Newkirk is an English-born British/American animal rights activist and the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world's largest animal rights organization. She is ...more

Shabana Azmi is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Shabana Azmi Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. An alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India of Pune, she made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the ...more

David Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
David Horowitz David Joel Horowitz is an American conservative writer. He is a founder and current president of the think tank the David Horowitz Freedom Center, editor of FrontPage Magazine, and director of ...more

Tony Robinson is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Tony Robinson Sir Anthony "Tony" Robinson is an English actor, comedian, amateur historian, TV presenter and political activist. He is known for playing Baldrick in the BBC television series ...more

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Upton Sinclair, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Upton Sinclair, Jr. Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr., was an American author who wrote nearly 100 books across a number of genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular ...more

Kiran Bedi is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Kiran Bedi Kiran Bedi is an Indian politician, social activist, former tennis player and a retired police officer. Bedi joined the Indian Police Service in 1972, becoming its first woman officer. As a ...more

James Randi is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
James Randi James Randi is a Canadian-American retired stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the co-founder of Committee for ...more

Baba Amte is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Baba Amte Murlidhar Devidas Amte popularly known as Baba Amte, was an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people ...more

Peter Kropotkin is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Peter Kropotkin Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and prominent anarchist. Kropotkin advocated ...more

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Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Sister Souljah Sister Souljah is an American hip hop-generation author, activist, recording artist, and film producer. She gained prominence for Bill Clinton's criticism of her remarks about race in the United ...more

Asa Philip Randolph is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Asa Philip Randolph Asa Philip Randolph was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the American labor movement, and socialist political parties. He organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car ...more

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer, and politician. She is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam and supportive of women's rights and ...more

Julie Ruin is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Julie Ruin Julie Ruin is the independent record produced by Kathleen Hanna under the name Julie Ruin in 1997, while taking a break from Bikini Kill. It touches upon feminism, crocheting, aerobics and ...more

Michael Newdow is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Michael Newdow Michael Arthur Newdow is an American attorney and emergency medicine physician. He is best known for his efforts to have recitations of the current version of the Pledge of Allegiance in public ...more

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John Aravosis is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
John Aravosis John Aravosis is an American Democratic political consultant, journalist, civil rights advocate and blogger. Aravosis, an attorney who lives in Washington, D.C., is the executive editor and ...more

Peter H. Irons is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Peter H. Irons Peter H. Irons is an American political activist, civil rights attorney, legal scholar, and professor emeritus of political science. He has written many books on the U.S. Supreme Court and ...more

Steve Biko is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Steve Biko Stephen Bantu Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize ...more

Bobby Seale is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bobby Seale Robert George "Bobby" Seale is an American political activist. He is known for co-founding the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton.

Clare Boothe Luce is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Clare Boothe Luce Clare Boothe Luce was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female ...more

David Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
David Suzuki David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC OBC is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor ...more

Kerry Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Kerry Kennedy Mary Kerry Kennedy is an American human rights activist and writer. She is the seventh of the eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. She was known as Kerry Kennedy Cuomo ...more

Shing02 is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Shing02 Shingo Annen, better known by his stage name Shing02, is a Japanese rapper and producer. He was described by Patrick Neate as one of the Japanese emcees who "have addressed important issues ...more