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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 Pinault (, Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, ...more

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Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Roseann O'Donnell (born March 21, 1962) is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She began her comedy career as a teenager and received her breakthrough on the ...more

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz, and blues. She has released ...more

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. With a career spanning 60 years, he is well-regarded for his cultural influence on 20th-century film. ...more

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, talk show host and politician. Sharpton is the founder of the National Action Network. ...more

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Elizabeth Berkley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Elizabeth Berkley (born July 28, 1972) is an American actress and reality show personality. Berkley's most notable roles were as Jessie Spano in the television series Saved by the Bell, and as ...more

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Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. (né Burns; born October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential ...more

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (; né Bottom; born October 28, 1974) is an American actor, producer, and activist. For his work as an actor, Phoenix has received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe ...more

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he is ...more

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as ...more

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served ...more

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to ...more

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Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Margaret Moran Cho (Korean: 조모란; Hanja: 趙牡丹; born December 5, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up ...more

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), ...more

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the ...more

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George Soros is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
George Soros, Hon (born Schwartz György; August 12, 1930) is a Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist. As of February 2018, he had a net worth of $8 billion, having donated more ...more

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Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United ...more

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Marlo Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas (born November 21, 1937) is an American actress, producer, author, and social activist best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971) and her ...more
Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American singer, television personality, actor, politician, and activist. He first gained fame when ...more

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Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Timothy Francis Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and musician. He is known for his portrayal of Andy Dufresne in the prison drama film The ...more

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first ...more

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Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of ...more

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