Famous Feminists


Famous Feminists

Adams, Abigail (1744-1818): Adams was a prolific writer, patriot, abolitionist, early feminist. She spoke against slavery, many years before the abolitionist movement, and on behalf of women.

Anthony, Susan B. (1820-1906): Anthony was an American suffragist and worked tirelessly for the woman suffrage movement. She lectured on women’s rights and organized a series of state and national conventions on the issue. She collected signatures for a petition to grant women the right to vote and to own property. During the Civil War, Anthony worked toward the emancipation of slaves. In 1863, she helped form the Women’s Loyal League, which supported U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s policies. Anthony registered to vote in Rochester, New York, on November 1, 1872. Four days later, she and fifteen other women voted in the presidental election. All sixteen women were arrested three weeks later, but only Anthony was brought before a court. Between 1881 and 1886, she and Stanton published three volumes of the History of Woman Suffrage, a collection of writings about the movement’s struggle.

Black, Clementina (1850’s-1923): Black was born in England. She was a social reformer, writer, and worked to improve social and industrial conditions for women and girls in England through militant unionism. Black wrote “Sweated Labor and the Minimum Wage” (1907) and “Married Women’s Work” (1915).

Blackwell, Elizabeth (1821-1910): Blackwell was America’s first woman doctor. She was admitted to New York’s Geneva College as a joke in 1847. She overcame taunts and prejudice while at medical school to earn her degree in 1849, graduating at the top of her class. After American hospitals refused to hire her, she opened a clinic in New York City where she was joined by sister Dr. Emily Blackwell and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska.

Bloomer, Amelia Jenks (1818-1894): Bloomer was a social reformer and was a speaker and writer for women’s rights. She was editor of the Lily, which was believed to be the first newspaper edited entirely by a woman. She was involved in dress reform through her defense of pantaloons, which came to be called “bloomers.”

Casgrain, Marie Therese Forget (1896-1981): Casgrain was a canadian feminist who led the fight to obtain full sufferage for women, she was also the president of Quebec League for Women’s Rights from 1929-1948.

Catt, Carrie Chapman (1859-1947): Catt was an American woman suffrage leader and was educated at the State College of Iowa. She was an organizer and lecturer for the woman suffrage movement. She was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900-1904 and of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, which she helped to organize, from 1904-1923. She was reelected president of the national association in 1915, retaining this post until her death. Catt’s campaign achieved success in 1920, when all American women won the right to vote. In the same year she participated in founding the National League of Women Voters. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Catt was active in the cause of international peace, serving as head of the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War from 1925-1932.

Chicago, Judy (born 1939): Chicago was an artist and helped found the Feminist Studio Workshop in Los Angeles. Most famous for the unusual, large exhibition called “The Dinner Party” in the late 1970’s.

Chopin, Kate (1851-1904): Chopin was a writer and was a regular contributor of feminist short stories to literary journals. Her novel ‘The Awakening’ (1899) shocked many people with its portrayal of a young woman’s sexual and artistic longings.

Collins, Martha Layne (1963): Collins was Kentucky’s first female governor and first woman to chair the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors.

Friedan, Betty (1921): Friedan was a famous author and known feminist. She wrote the best-seller, “The Feminine Mystique” and challenged traditional roles of women. Cofounder and president of the National Organization of Women (from 1966-1977). She cofounded the First Women’s Bank and convened International Feminist Congress in 1973.

Gilman, Charlotte (1860-1935): Gilman was a U.S. writer and was famous for her writings on feminism and labor. (“His Religion and Hers”, “The Crux”)

Ginsburg, Ruth (1933): Ginsburg was the Director of Women’s Rights project of the American Civil Liberties Union and argued many cases before the Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Murphy, Emily (1886-1933): Murphy was a Canadian lawyer and writer. In 1916, she helped establish the Women’s Court to hear women’s evidence in such cases as divorce or sexual assault. She became the first woman magistrate in the British Empire.

O’Reily, Leonora (1870-1927): O’Reily was a U.S. labor leader and reformer. She led and organized factory reforms and unionized female factory garmet workers. She was a founding member of NAACP and was active in civil rights and women’s sufferage movements.

Pankhurst, Emmeline (1858-1928): Pankhurst was born in England, a suffragist, and a militant worker for women’s suffrage in Manchester and London. In 1903, she and daughter formed the Women’s Social and Political Union.

Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews (1875-1941): Parsons was a sociologist and anthropologist. Her early writing concerned women’s rights and she later became an advocate for human rights. She was the first woman elected president of American Anthropological Association.

Paul, Alice (1885-1977): Paul was arrested seven times and jailed at least three times for her suffragist activities, before leaving England. When she returned to the United States, she joined, then left the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Thinking the NAWSA was too mainstream, she founded the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (CUWS) in 1913. The CUWS later merged with the Woman’s Party to form the National Woman’s Party, of which Paul was the first chair. Until the Nineteenth Amendment was passed in 1919, and ratified in 1920, Paul was an ardent supporter of suffrage, and even met with President Woodrow Wilson to urge him to support the suffrage. After the amendment was passed, Paul continued her feminist work. In 1923, she drafted the Equal Rights Amendment, and largely through her influences was able to get the ERA through Congress in 1970. The amendment later failed to be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

Sanger, Margaret (1883-1966): Sanger was a birth control pioneer who first worked as a nurse, where she witnessed first-hand the health hazards of unwanted pregnancy. Her fifty year crusade to educate women about birth control resulted in numerous arrests on charges of obscenity and the founding of what was to become the Planned Parenthood Federation. Sanger also published numerous pamphlets and magazines, among them Woman Rebel, a monthly magazine, Family Limitation, a pamphlet of contraceptive advice, and The Birth Control Review. Additionally, Sanger wrote several books, including Women, Morality, and Birth Control; My Fight For Birth Control, and Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography.

Steinem, Gloria (1934): Steinem is a writer and editor. During the 1960’s, she appeared as a leader in the women’s movement in the United States. In 1970, she cofounded Ms., which grew to be a leading feminist magazine.

Truth, Sojourner (1797-1883): Truth was born a slave in New York and she was originally called Isabella Van Wagner. She gained her freedom in 1827, after most of her thirteen children had been sold. She took the name “Sojourner Truth” in 1843 after having a vision. In 1836, Truth became the first Black to win a slander action against whites. At the 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio, her powerful “Ain’t I A Woman” speech awed even detractors.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady (1815-1902): Stanton came to the women’s right movement after being excluded from sessions during an anti-slavery convention because of her sex. She and Lucretia Mott decided that a women’s rights convention was in order. Eight years later, in 1848, the first women’s rights convention took place at Seneca Falls, New York. It was there that, using the Declaration of Independence as a guide, the Declaration of Sentiments was written. Stanton, with Susan B. Anthony, organized the Women’s Loyal National League to fight slavery (1863) and founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869) of which Stanton served as president. Stanton was also the co-editor of The Revolution, a weekly woman’s suffrage paper published by Anthony, and author of The Woman’s Bible (1895) and an autobiography, Eighty Years and More (1898).

Stone, Lucy (1818-1893): Stone was an American feminist and abolitionist. She was born in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, and educated at Oberlin College. She was noted as a lecturer on woman suffrage and as an advocate of the abolition of slavery. A leader of the American Woman’s Suffrage Association, she founded (1870) the Woman’s Journal, the chief publication of the women’s movement. Until her death she edited the journal, assisted by her husband, the American abolitionist Henry Blackwell. Stone created controversy by retaining her maiden name after her marriage as a symbol of a woman’s right to individuality. Those who followed her example came to be known as Lucy Stoners.

Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797): Wollstonecraft was born in England and was a writer. Her work includes ‘Thoughts on the Education of Daughters’ (1787), ‘The Female Reader’ (1789), and ‘A Historical and Moral View of the Origins and Progress of the French Revolution’ (1794). ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’ (1792), which challenged Rousseau’s ideas of female inferiority, is a classic of liberal feminism.

List Of Feminists
Najat Aatabou-Moroccan
Azizah Abd Allah Abu Lahum-Yemeni
Lesley Abdela-British Feminist
Asmaa Abdol-Hamid-Danish
Tarab Abdul Hadi-Palestinian
Sunila Abeysekera
Rogia Abubakr-Afghan feminist
Sitara Achakzai-Afghan feminist
Catherine Obianuju Acholonu-Nigerian
Kathy Acker-Jewish
Soledad Acosta-Colombian
Abigail Adams-First Lady of the United States and writer
Jane Addams
Sophie Adlersparre-Swedish
Etel Adnan-Lebanese
Mahnaz Afkhami-Iranian
Haleh Afshar-British feminist
Alfhild Agrell-Swedish
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa-author of Declaration on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex
Catharina Ahlgren-Swedish jounnalist
Leila Ahmed-Egyptian
Safia Ahmed-jan-Afghan feminist
Khadija Ahrari-Afghan feminist
Wajeha al-Huwaider-Saudi Arabian
Ghada al-Samman-Syrian
Manal al-Sharif-Saudi Arabian
Norma Alarcon-Mexican
Linda Martin Alcoff
Alan Alda-U.S. actor (M*A*S*H* and The West Wing) who campaigned for Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s and early 1980’s
Acija Alfirevi-Croatian
Soteria Aliberty-Greek educator and writer
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown-Ugandan
Dilara Aliyeva-Azerbaijani feminist
Isabel Allende-Chilean
Jules Allix-French
Wanda Alston
Marcella Althaus-Reid-Argentine feminist
Elisabeth Altmann-Gottheiner-German university lecturer
Malathi de Alwis-Sri Lankan
Fadela Amara-French
Qasim Amin-Egyptian
Tori Amos
Ellen Anckarsvard-Swedish feminist
Hedy d’Ancona-Dutch
Adelaide Anderson-British
Doris Anderson-Canadian
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson-British physician and suffragist
Louisa Garrett Anderson-British physician and suffragette
Maybanke Anderson-Australian feminist
Selina Anderson-Australian feminist
Norma Andrade-Mexican
Josephine Anenih-Nigerian
Li Ang-Taiwanese writer
Jane Anger-author of Her Protection for Women in London, UK
Mathilde Franziska Anneke-German
Susan B. Anthony-American Suffragette
Anti-Flag-Band and self-proclaimed feminists
Iffat Ara-Bangladeshi feminist
Maria Arbatova-leading Russian feminist
Lovisa Arberg-first woman doctor and surgeon in Sweden
Ecaterina Arbore-Moldovan
Saddeka Arebi-Libyan
Sawako Ariyoshi-Japanese
Homa Arjomand-Canadian
Maria Arrillaga-Puerto Rican feminist
Beatrice Arthur-Jewish
Jaya Arunachalam
Zabel Sibil Asadour-Armenian feminist
Margery Corbett Ashby-British
Maria Arbatova-Russian
Concepcion Arenal-activist, writer, thinker, pioneer, and founder of the Feminist movement in Spain
Dianne Ashton
Ottilie Assing-German
Mary Astell-author of Serious Proposal to the Ladies
Jane Maria Atkinson-New Zealand
Hubertine Auclert
Rachel Foster Avery
Mariama Ba-Senegalese
Barnita Bagchi-Indian
Jasodhara Bagchi-Indian
Zarina Baloch-Pakistani
Faith Bandler-Australian feminist
Lois. W. Banner-U.S. historian
Bat-Ami Bar On
Hoda Barakat-Lebanese
Shukria Barakzai-Afghan feminist
Madalena Barbosa-Portuguese
Maude Barlow-Canadian
Carmen Baroja-Spanish
Sandra Bartky
Golbarg Bashi-Iranian
Marie Bashkirtseff
Anna Bayerova-second Czech female physician
Maryam Bayramalibeyova-Azerbaijani feminist
Jean Beadle-Australian feminist
Joan Beauchamp-British feminist
Kay Beauchamp-British feminist
Catharine Beecher-American educator and author
Lydia Becker-British suffrage campaigner
Humaira Begum-Afghan feminist
Diane Bell-Australian feminist
Shannon Bell-Canadian
Maria Luisa Bemberg-Argentine feminist
Seyla Benhabib
Helen Bentwich-British Chair of London County Council
Signe Bergman-Swedish suffrage leader
Debra Bergoffen
Ishmael Bernal-Filipino
Annie Besant
Ana Betancourt-Cuban
Marianne Beth-Austrian feminist
Mari Beyleryan-Armenian feminist
Kamla Bhasin
Dhammananda Bhikkhuni-Thai
Sarmiza Bilcescu-Romanian
Julie Bindel-Guardian columnist and a campaigner againist male violence, sex trafficking, and rape
Rosa May Billinghurst-British suffragette
Teresa Billington-Greig-British founder of Women’s Freedom League
Lynda Birke
Briet Bjarnhedinsdottir-Icelandic
Clementina Black-British, Social reformer and writer
Elizabeth Blackwell-U.S.’s first woman doctor
Yolanda Blanco-Nicaraguan
Randi Blehr-Norwegian
Amelia Jenks Bloomer-Social reformer
Maria Bochkareva-Russian
Barbara Bodichon
Elisabet Boehm-German
EnikQ Bollobas-Hungarian
Aimee Bologne-Lemaire-Belgian feminist
Virginia Bolten-Argentine feminist
Susan Bordo
Carmen Boullosa-Mexican
Elsie Bowerman-British
Anne Bradstreet
Rosi Braidotti-Italian
Nouchka van Brakel-Dutch
Dionne Brand-Canadian & Trinidad & Tobago
Gerd Brantenberg-Norwegian
Fredrika Bremer-Swedish
Sophia Elisabet Brenner-Swedish salonist and poet
Ursula Mellor Bright-British
Joan Brockman-Canadian
Ada Bromham-Australian feminist
Veronika Bromova-Czech feminist
Emilia Broome-Swedish politician
Flora Brovina
Antoinette Brown
Freda Brown-Australian feminist
Anna Bugge-Norwegian
Ken Bugul-Senegalese
Barbora Bukovska-Slovak
Katherine Burdekin
Lucy Burns
Katharine Bushnell
Josephine Butler-British
Lydia Cacho
Mona Caird-Scottish
Joan Callahan
Mena Calthorpe-Australian feminist
Beatrix Campbell-British
Minna Canth-Finnish
Claudia Card
Avedon Carol-British
Liz Carpenter-a founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus
Frances Jennings Casement
Ana Castillo
Adriana Cavarero-Italian
Carrie Chapman Catt-American women’s rights activist
Minna Cauer-German
Maria Cederschiold-Swedish feminist
Laura Cereta-Italian
Enid Charles-British
Jyotsna Chatterji
Malati Choudhury-Indian
Chantal Chawaf
Phyllis Chester
Fanny Cheung
Ada Nield Chew-British
Naela Chohan-Pakistani
Christina of Sweden-Queen
Helene Cixous-Algerian feminist
Alice Whitcomb Clark
Helen Bright Clark-British
Mary Clark-Glass-British
Florence Claxton-English artist and author
Voltairine de Cleyre
Michelle Cliff-Jamaican
Hillary Clinton-former First Lady and now Secretary of State and U.S. politician
Bente Clod-Danish
Kurt Cobain-self pro-claimed feminist, was the lead singer of the band “Nirvana”
Francis Power Cobbe-Irish
Camilla Collett-Norwegian
Sandra Coney-New Zealand
Margery Corbett Ashby-British
Piedad Cordoba-Colombian
Drucilla Cornell
Martha P. Cotera-Mexican
Anna Couani-Australian feminist
Eva Cox-Australian feminist
Nikki Craft
Jill Craigie-British film maker
Fabiola Cuvi Ortiz
Jean Curthoys-Australian feminist
Vilborg Dagbjartsdottir-Icelandic
Jean Daley-Australian feminist
Mary Daly-ethicist and theologian
Homa Darabi-Iranian
Sonja Davies-New Zealand
Emily Wilding Davison-British suffragette
Marquis de Condorcet-philosopher and mathematician of the French Enlightenment
Zoe de Gamond-Belgian feminist
Olympe de Gouges
Marie de Gournay
Veronica de Klerk-Namibian
Francois Poullain de la Barre
Maria de la Cruz-Chilean
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz-Mexican nun and pioneer of female education in the Western hemisphere
Teresa de Lauretis
Francisco de Miranda-Precursor of Latin American Independence and military figure of the French Revolution
Christine de Pizan
Elisabeth de Sotelo
Josefina Deland-Swedish feminist
Marie Dentiere-Genevan Protestant theologian who called for the increased religious participation of women
Charlotte Despard-British
Guru Nanak Dev-founder of Sikhism
Caroline Dexter-Australian feminist
Bertha Diener-Austrian feminist
Assia Djebar-Algerian feminist
Emily Faithfull-British
Modesta di Pozzo di Forzi
Alleyn Diesel
Hedwig Dohm-German
Efua Dorkenoo-Ghanaian
Frederick Douglass
Slavenka Drakuli-Croatian
Hasya Drori-Israeli
Orshi Drozdik-Hungarian
Wilhelmina Drucker-Dutch
Helene von Druskowitz-Austrian feminist
Gabriela Dudekova-Slovak
Carol Ann Duffy
Naziha al-Dulaimi-Iraqi
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Kinga Dunin-Polish
Marquerite Durand-French
Nadezhda Durova-Russian
Srpouhi Dussap-Armenian feminist
Aroti Dutt-Indian
Saroj Nalini Dutt-Indian
Andrea Dworkin-Jewish
Henrietta Edwards-Canadian
George Egerton-Irish
Diane Elam
Norah Elam-British
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Mona Eltahawy-Egyptian
Criselda Alison Embrado-Filipino
Friedrich Engels-Communist writer and thinker, wrote The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, German
Enheduanna
Dorothea Erxleben-first female physician in Germany
Zahra Eshraghi-Iranian
Masuma Esmati-Wardak
Florbela Espanca-Portuguese
Vilma Espin-Cuban
Marjorie Evasco-Filipino
Ruth Fairfax-Australian feminist
Shamsiah Fakeh-Malaysian
Fadia Faqir-British and Jordanian
Frances Farrer-British
Ida Faubert-Haitian
Freda du Faur-New Zealand
Beatrice Faust-Australian feminist
Millicent Garrett Fawcett-British leader of the suffragist movement
Nuala Fennell-Irish
Carole Ferrier-Australian feminist
Tina Fey-actress and writer of the NBC show 30 Rock
Mathilde Fibiger-Danish
Auguste Fickert-Austrian feminist
Shulamith Firestone
Louise Flodin-Swedish
Mary Sargant Florence-suffragist, painter, and writer
Leona Florentino-Filipino
Nisia Floresta-Brazilian feminist
Henni Forchhammer-Danish
Isabella Ford
Leopoldina Fortunati-Italian
Miles Franklin-Australian feminist
Ursula Franklin-Canadian
Nancy Fraser
Marcia Freedman-Israeli and Jewish
Juliette Frette-American model
Nancy Friedman
Marilyn Frye
Mizuho Fukushima-Japanese
Margaret Fuller
Mary Eliza Fullerton-Australian feminist
Ernestine von Furth-Austrian feminist
Matilda Joslyn Gage
Hannah Gale-Canadian
Isabelle Gatti de Gamond-Belgian feminist
Yvonne George-Belgian feminist
Lindsey German-British
Husn Banu Ghazanfar-Afghan feminist
Doris Gibson-Peruvian
Patricia Giles-Australian feminist
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Marija Gimbutas-Lithuanian
Martha E. Gimenez
Eleanor Glencross-Australian feminist
Barbara Godard
Emma Goldman-Jewish
Vida Goldstein-Australian feminist politician
Padma Gole-Indian
Jane Gomeldon-English essayist
Jane Goodall
Agnes Goode-Australian feminist
Lucy Goodison-British
John Goodwyn Barmby-British
Juana Manuela Gorriti-Argentine feminist
Heide Gottner-Abendroth-German
Bettisia Gozzadini-held a chair in law at the University Bologna, Italy, probably the first woman ever to hold a university post
Agnieszka Graff-Polish
Jane Grant
Germaine Greer-Australian feminist
Henrietta Greville-Australian feminist
Cecilia Grierson-Argentine feminist
Angelina Emily Grimke
Sarah Grimke
Alexandra Gripenberg-Finnish
Elizabeth Grosz
Lidia Gueiler Tejada-Bolivian feminist
Bella Guerin-Australian feminist
Mira Datta Gupta-Indian
Tahar Haddad-Tunisian
Marianne Hainisch
Charlotte Haldane-British
Gisele Halimi-French & Tunisian
Catharina Halkes-Dutch
Kolbrun Halldorsdottir-Icelandic
Daphne Hampson-British
Karin Hannak-Austrian feminist
Lene Hansen-Danish
Donna Haraway
Nancy Hardesty
Sandra Harding
Sabine Hark-German
Riffat Hassan-Pakistani
Anne Harris-Irish journalist
Jane Ellen Harrison-British scholar
Caroline Haslett-British
Eva Hauserova-Czech feminist
Bahareh Hedayat-Iranian
Marion Heinz
Geraldine Heng
Rosemary Hennessy
Alice Henry-Australian feminist
Helga Hernes-Norwegian
Hanna Herzog-Israeli
Dorothy Hewett-Australian feminist
Carter Heyward
Anna Hierta-Retzius-Swedish
Keiko Higuchi-Japanese
Raicho Hiratsuka-Japanese
Ayaan Hirsi Ali-Dutch
Shere Hite-German
Sarah Hoagland
Chaviva Hoek-Czech feminist
Nicole Hollander
Ulla Holm
Edith How-Martyn-British suffragette
Julia Ward Howe
Mary Howell
Louisa Hubbard-British
Elizabeth Phillips Hughes-Welsh
Maria Aletta Hulshoff-Dutch
Alexis Hunter-New Zealand
Nahla Hussain al-Shaly-Iraqi
Linda Hutcheon-Canadian
Jane Hutt-Welsh
Na Hye-sok-South Korean
Juana de Ibarbourou-Uruguayan
Fusae Ichikawa-Japanese
Beba Idelson-Israeli
Emma Ihrer-German
Ayesha Imam
Luce Irigaray-French
Ramziya al-Iryani-Yemeni
Christian Isobel Johnstone-Scottish journalist, editor, and novelist
Noe Ito-Japanese
Takamure Itsue-Japanese
Rada Ivekovi-Croatian
Andre A. Jackson-African diamond administrator and philanthropist
Rose Jackson-Australian feminist
Aletta Jacobs-the first woman to complete a university course in the Netherlands and the first female physician
Alison Jaggar
Asma Jahangir-Pakistani
Rounaq Jahan-Bangladeshi feminist
Devaki Jain-Indian
Svava Jakobsdottir-Icelandic
Massouda Jalal-Afghan feminist
Magdalena Jalandoni-Filipino
Maria Janion-Polish
Hamida Javanshir-Azerbaijani feminist
Kumari Jayawardena-Sri Lankan
Sheila Jeffreys-Australian feminist
Hadiyo Jim’ale-Somalian
Sonia Johnson
Claire Johnston-British
Jill Johnston
Christian Isobel Johnstone-Scottish
Claudia Jones-British & Trinidad & Tobago
Malalai Joya-Afghan feminist
Petra Joy-German
Elfriede Jelinek-Austrian feminist
Elisabeth Jensen
Thit Jensen-Danish
Ammu Joseph
Marie Juchacz-German social reformer, feminist, and Member of the Reichstag
Elenya Kabashnaya
Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula-Malawian
Meena Keshwar Kamal-Afghan feminist
Wendy Kaminer
Kartini-Indonesian
Kazuyo Katsuma-Japanese
Aoua Keita
Evelyn Fox Keller
Annie Kenney-British
Tarif Khalidi-Palestinian
Sahar Khalifeh-Palestinian
Grace Kimmins-British
Sirje Kingsepp-Estonian
Toshiko Kishida-Japanese
Eva Feder Kittay
Betzy Kjelsberg-Norwegian
Djurdja Knezevic
Olha Kobylianska-Ukrainian
Musine Kokalari-Albanian feminist
Alexandra Kollontai-Russian
Eva Kolstad-Norwegian
Katalin Koncz
Mari Kotani-Japanese
Elika Krasnohorska-Czech feminist
Julia Kristeva-Bulgarian feminist
Cecilie Thoresen Krog-Norwegian
Gina Krog-Norwegian
Susanna Kubelka-Austrian feminist
Anna Kuliscioff-Italian
Kang Kum-Sil-South Korean
Therese Kuoh-Moukouri-Cameroonian feminist
Shushanik Kurghinian-Armenian feminist
Konca Kuris-Turkish
Brigitte Kwan-Chinese
Jamyang Kyi-Tibetan
Julieta Lanteri-Argentine feminist
Louisa Lawson-Australian suffragist and women’s rights campaigner
Lolita Lebron-Puerto Rican feminist
Mary Lee-South Australian suffragist
Leena Lehtolainen-Finnish
Anna Maria Lenngren-Swedish poet
John Lennon-self pro-claimed feminist, who with wife, Yoko Ono wrote the feminist song Woman is the Nigger of the World and Woman (John Lennon song)
Maria Teresa Leon-Spanish
Gerda Lerner-post-Marxist
Doris Lessing-Zimbabwean
June Levine-Irish
Carole Levin
Laura Levitt
Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger
Fredrika Limnell-Swedish
Luizianne Lins-Brazilian feminist
Mary Livermore
Genevieve Lloyd-Australian feminist
Helen Longino
Audre Lorde
Mina Loy
Annette Lu-Taiwanese
Margaret Bright Lucas
Paulina Luisi-Uruguayan
Bertha Lutz-Brazilian feminist
Rosa Luxemburg-German
Constance Lytton-British suffragette
Huidi Ma
Wangari Maathai-Kenyan
Catharine MacKinnon
Chrystal Macmillan-Scottish
Agnes Macphail-first woman elected to Canadian House of Commons and founder of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Canada
Tamara Natalie Madden-Jamaican
Madonna-American singer and actress who has brought feminism into her lyrics and music videos
Tatiana Mamonova-Russian
Soe Tjen Marching-Indonesian feminist
Amanda Marcotte-American blogger and activist
Una Marson-Jamaican
William Moulton Marston
Harriet Martineau-British, writer
Alice Masarykova-Czech feminist
Margarete Maurer
Else Mayer
Rosa Mayreder-Austrian feminist
Aline Mayrisch de Saint-Hubert-Luxembourgian
Linda Lopez McAlister
Susan McClary
Anne McClintock-South African
Nellie McClung
Wendy McElroy
Peter McGregor-Australian feminist
Helen Priscilla McLaren
Margaret McLean-Australian feminist
Bertha McNamara-Australian feminist
Alice Manfield-Australian feminist
Irshad Manji-Ugandan
Mirjana Markovi-Serbian
Nellie Martel-Australian feminist
Heleen Mees-Dutch
Grete Meisel-Hess-Austrian feminist
Ellen Melville-New Zealand
Ana Mendieta-Cuban
Josi Meier-Swiss
Hana Meisel-Israeli
Patricia Mercado-Mexican
Myriam Merlet-Haitian
Fatema Mernissi-Moroccan
Anja Meulenbelt-Dutch
Louise Michel-Paris Commune and considered women’s labor of comparable worth
Helene Migerka-Austrian feminist
Harriet Taylor Mill-English thinker
John Stuart Mill-English thinker and women’s rights advocate
Emma Miller-Australian feminist
Trinh T. Minh-ha-Vietnamese
Gabriela Mistral-Chilean
Yuriko Miyamoto-Japanese
Drusilla Modjeska-Australian feminist
Patricia Mohammed
Yanar Mohammed-Iraqi
Chandra Mohanty
Katti Anker Moller-Norwegian activist on behalf of single mothers and reproductive rights
Helena Moloney-Irish
Elizabeth Maria Molteno-South African
Maxine Molyneux-Pakistani
Agda Montelius
Adriana Monti-Italian
Honor Moore-American writer of poetry, creative nonfiction and plays
Cherrie Moraga
Alicia Moreau de Justo-Argentine feminist
Maritza Morillas-Mexican
Lucretia Mott
Maria Lacerda de Moura-Brazilian feminist
Anna Maria Mozzoni
Micere Githae Mugo-Kenyan
Nezihe Muhiddin-Turkish
Nabawiyya Musa-Egyptian
Lombe Mwambwa-Zambian
Han Myeong-sook-South Korean
Uma Narayan-Indian
Catherine Nash-Irish
Taslima Nasrin-Bangladeshi feminist
Shirin Neshat-Iranian
Madame Nhu-Vietnamese
Clarina I. H. Nichols
Joyce Nicholson-Australian feminist
Harriet B. Nielsen
Queen Noor of Jordan-Jordanian
Helena Normanton-British, first practising female barrister
Martha Nussbaum
Terry O’Neill-president of the National Organization of Women (NOW)
Gerlinde Obermeier-Austrian feminist
Mercy Oduyoye-Ghanaian
Molara Ogundipe-Nigerian
Sophie D. Ogutu-Kenyan
Sofi Oksanen-Finnish
Kelly Oliver
Yoko Ono-Japanese American artist, filmmaker, and musician
Tanja Ostoji-Serbian
Christabel Pankhurst-British suffragette
Adela Pankhurst-Australian feminist
Sylvia Pankhurst-British suffragette
Antonia Pantoja-Puerto Rican feminist
Agnes Pareiyo-Kenyan
Carole Pateman
Alice Paul
Olena Pchilka-Ukrainian
Cristina Perincioli-Swiss
Eva Peron
Nedelya Petkova-Bulgarian feminist
Leon Petrazycki-Polish
Frederique Petrides-Belgian-American, one of the first women orchestral conductors and editor of Women in Music
Marion Phillips
Adrian Piper
Sylvia Plath-author of The Bell Jar, poet
Anna Sophia Polak-Dutch
Katha Pollitt-author of Reasonable Creatures
Griselda Pollock
Marie Popelin-Belgian feminist
Adelheid Popp-Austrian feminist
Sharon Presley
Millicent Preston-Stanley-Australian feminist
Jerilynn Prior
Amrita Pritam-Indian
Isaac Puente-Spanish
Alenka Puhar-Slovenian
Madeleine de Puisieux-feminist writer
Connie Purdue-New Zealand
Daphne Purves-New Zealand
Nizar Qabbani-Syrian
Maria Abella de Ramirez-Uruguayan
Awatef Rasheed-Iraqi
Ruth Rasnic-Israeli
Anahita Ratebzad-Afghan feminist
Eleanor Rathbone-British
Claire Rayner-British
Helen Reddy-Australian feminist
Elizabeth Anne Reid-Australian feminist
Marion Kirkland Reid-Scottish
Melinda Tankard Reist-Australian feminist
Adrienne Rich
Bessie Rischbieth-Australian feminist
Majida Rizvi-Pakistani
Abby Rockefeller
Carmen Rodriguez-Chilean
Avital Ronell
Rosalie Roos
Ana Rogue de Duprey-Puerto Rican feminist
Ernestine Rose
Maria Rosetti-Romanian
Rosely Roth-Brazilian feminist
Agnes Maude Royden-British suffrage campaigner
Kathy Rudy
Urani Rumbo-Albanian feminist
Florence Rush
Nawal El Saadawi-Egyptian
Silvia Saca
Jehan Sadat-Egyptian
Manuela Saenz-Ecuadorian feminist
Aurelio Saffi-Italian
Janelle Saffin-Australian feminist
Gita Sahgal-Indian feminist
Sarojini Sahoo-Indian
Rasuna Said-Indonesian
Nilofar Sakhi-Afghan feminist
Jiranun Sakultangphaisal-Thai
Celia Sanchez-in Cuban revolution and one of first women to comprise a combat squad during the revolution
Cristina Sanchez-Spanish
George Sand-French novelist
Flora Sandes-jingoistic female participant in Serbian conflicts during the First World war
Margaret Sanger
Thomas Sankara-author of Women’s Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle (1987 speech)
Nathalie Sarraute
Auguste Schmidt-pioneer of women’s education in Germany
Olive Schreiner-South African
Alice Schwarzer-German
Eugenie Schwarzwald-Austrian feminist
Rosika Schwimmer-Hungarian
Rose Scott-Australian feminist
Barbara Seaman
Suhaila Seddiqi-Afghan feminist
Baroness Seear-British
Sabiha Sertel-Turkish
Severine
Alice Shalvi-Israeli
Olga Shapir-Russian
Mary Shelley-English novelist
Kate Sheppard
Shahla Sherkat-Iranian
KatM Shidzue-Japanese
Tarabai Shinde-Indian
Zandokht Shirazi-Iranian
Emily Anne Eliza Shirreff-English activist and writer
Vandana Shiva-Indian
Elaine Showalter
Carmen da Silva-Brazilian feminist
Ruth Simpson
Therese Sita-Bella-Cameroonian feminist
Amalie Skram-Norwegian
Sylvia Sleigh-Welsh
Barbara Smith
Dame Ethel Mary Smyth
Valerie Solanas
Miriam Soljak-New Zealand
Anna Garlin Spencer
Dale Spender-Australian feminist
Gayatri Spivak
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Kathleen Staudt
Mary Steen-Danish
Anna Sterky
Helene Stocker-German
Constance Stone-Australian feminist
Lucy Stone
Marie Stopes
Mary Stott-British feminist journalist
Jessie Street-Australian feminist
Kanno Sugako-Japanese
Rose Summerfield-Australian feminist
Karlina Leksono Supelli-Indonesian feminist
Kazimiera Szczuka-Polish feminist, journalist, and critic and theoretician of the literature
Tahirih-Bahai poet, philosopher, and theologian
Sylvia Tamale-Ugandan
Elizabeth Tamm
Sirje Tamul-Estonian
Toshiko Tamura-Japanese
Soraya Tarzi-Afghan feminist
Joan Kennedy Taylor
Ayesha Al-Taymuriyya-Egyptian
Teresia Teaiwa-Kiribati
Thomas Thorild-Swedish poet and feminist
J. Ann Tickner-International Relations scholar
Roya Toloui-Iranian
Rosemarie Tong
Dilian Francisca Toro-Colombian
Andrea Toth
Khalida Toumi-Algerian feminist
Flora Tristan-Peruvian
Sojourner Truth
Kiyomi Tsujimoto-Japanese
Nancy Tuana
Harriet Tubman
Marie Tulip-Australian feminist
Luz Maria Umpierre-Puerto Rican feminist
Dubravka Ugrei-Croatian
Zil-e-Huma Usman-Pakistani
Kaari Utrio-Finnish
Urvashi Vaid
Mercedes Valdivieso-Chilean
Luisa Valenzuela-Argentine feminist
Wil van Gogh-Dutch
Nida Vasiliauskait-Lithuanian
Nicla Vassallo-Italian
Palne Veres-Hungarian
Angela Vode-Slovenian
Mirek Vodrazka
Isala Van Diest-Belgian feminist
Christina Von Braun
Elaine Wainwright-New Zealand
Yona Wallach-Israeli
Peng Wan-ru
Lilla Watson-Australian feminist
Nesta Helen Webster-early 20th century U.K. conservative
Margaret Wertheim-Australian feminist
Trude Weiss-Rosmarin-German
Gloria Wekker
Sylvia Wetzel-German
Joss Whedon-writer-director and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Anna Doyle Wheeler-Irish
Ida L. White-Irish
Anna Whitlock-Swedish suffragette and school reformer
Elsa Wiezell-Paraguayan
Adele Ann Wilby-Australian feminist
Karolina Wilderstrom
Faith Wilding-Paraguayan
Frances Willard-American educator, temperance reformer, and suffragist
Charlotte Wilson
Monique Wittig
Alice Wolfson
Mary Wollstonecraft-author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Leanne Wood-Welsh
Victoria Woodhull
Virginia Woolf
Frances Wright-Scottish
Elizabeth Wurtzel-author of Bitch and Prozac Nation
Yoshioka Yayoi-Japanese
Akiko Yosano-Japanese
Nobuko Yoshiya-Japanese
Yuasa Yoshiko-Japanese
Cathy Young
Jeanne Young-Australian feminist
Daisy Zamora-Nicaraguan
Sande Zeig
Clara Zetkin
May Ziade-Palestinian
Ewa Ziarek
Rote Zora
Anat Zuria-Israeli

Second-Wave Feminists

Bella Abzug-Jewish
Gloria E. Anzaldua
Ti-Grace Atkinson
Lorraine Bethel
Susan Brownmiller-Jewish
Charlotte Bunch
Beatrix Campbell
Therese Casgrain
Shirley St. Hill Chisholm
Sandra Coney
Sonja Davies
Angela Davis
Simone de Beauvior-French
Carol Downer
Cynthia Enloe-International Relations scholar
Myrlie Evers
SUsan Faludi
Melissa Farley
Clara Fraser
Betty Ford aka Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Ford-former First Lady
Gerald Ford
Jo Freeman (Joreen)
Marilyn French
Betty Friedan-Jewish
Carol Gilligan
Heide Gottner-Abendroth-German
Germaine Greer
Carol Hanisch
Donna Haraway
Bertha Harris
Nancy Hartsock
Dorothy Hewett
Bell Hooks
Shelia Jeffreys
Coretta Scott King
Anne Koedt
Peggy Kornegger
Jacqueline Livingston
Angela Mason-British
Kate Millett
Robin Morgan
Ann Oakley
Griselda Pollock
Erin Pizzey
Janice Raymond
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Helen Reddy
Sheila Rowbotham-British
Joanna Russ
Diana E. H. Russell
Alice Schwarzer
Lynne Segal
Kato Shidzue-Japan
Ann Simonton
Eleanor Smeal
Dale Spender
Gloria Steinem
Michele Wallace
Hilary Wainwright
Molly Yard

Third-Wave Feminists

Tori Amos
Gloria E. Anzaldua
Margaret Atwood
Jennifer Baumgardner
Melissa Benn
Giannina Braschi
Susie Bright
Carrie Brownstein
Judith Butler-Jewish
Margaret Cho
Meg Waite Clayton
Patricia Hill Collins-author of Black Feminist Thought
Kimberly Dark
Ani DiFranco
Martha Davis
Donna Dresch
Betty Dodson
Johanna Fateman
Jane Fonda
Tavi Gevinson
Emily Haines
Kathleen Hanna
Donna Haraway
Bell Hooks
Holly Hunter
Joan Jett
Miranda July
Marcelle Karp
Jamie Keiles
Jean Kilbourne
Barbara Kingsolver
Ariel Levy
Priya Madhok
Rosie Malek-Yonan-activist and author of The Crimson Field
Miranda Mammen
Inga Muscio
Kathy Najimy
Molly Neuman
Sandra Oh
Alicia Ostriker
Ellen Page
Peaches
Liz Phair
Maria Raha
JD Samson
Fia-Stina Sandlund
Marie-Laure Sauty de Chalon
Gudrun Schyman
Joan Smith
Rickie Solinger
Annie Sprinkle
Debbie Stoller
Nadine Strossen
Lili Taylor
Corin Tucker
Robin Tunney
Tobi Vail
Jessica Valenti
Rebecca Walker
Natasha Walter
Kaia Wilson
Naomi Wolf
Allison Wolfe
Julie Zeilinger

Ecofeminists

Carol J. Adams
Helene Aylon
Judi Bari
Bernadette Cozart
Mary Daly
Francoise d’Eaubonne
Lois Marie Gibbs
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Susan Griffin
Petra Kelly
Anna Kingsford
Winona LaDuke
Wangari Maathai
Maria Mies
Vandana Shiva
Monica Sjoo
Charlene Spretnak
Starhawk

French Feminists

Olympe Audouard
Hubertine Auclert
Marie Bashkirtseff
Helene Cixous
Simone de Beauvoir
Olympe de Gouges
Christine Delphy
Maria Deraismes
Fatou Diome
Marquerite Durand
Bracha L. Ettinger
Colette Guillaumin
Sibylle Gabrielle Marie Antoinette Riqueti de Mirabeau
Luce Irigaray
Julia Kristeva
Andre Leo
Anais Nin
Madeleine Pelletier
Eugenie Potonie-Pierre
Pauline Roland
Marie-Laure Sauty de Chalon
Severine
Flora Tristan

Muslim Feminists

Leila Ahmed
Qasim Amin
Benazir Bhutto-former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Shirin Ebadi
Nawal el-Sadaawi
Tahar Haddad
Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah
Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim
Kartini-Indonesian
Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
Elaheh Koulaei
Irshad Manji
Fatima Mernissi
Taslima Nasrin-secular but of Muslim origin
Asra Nomani
Marjane Satrapi
Huda Shaarawi
Shahla Sherkat

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