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This article is a list of notable women's rights activists, arranged alphabetically by modern country names and by the names of the persons listed.



  • Masuada Karokhi (born 1962), Member of Parliament and women’s rights campaigner





  • Anne Summers (born 1945) – women's rights activist in politics and media, women's advisor to Labor premier Paul Keating, editor of Ms. magazine (NY)
  • Bella Guerin (1858–1923) – first woman to graduate from an Australian university, Guerin was a socialist feminist prominent (although with periods of public dispute) within the Australian Labor Party.
  • Bessie Rischbieth (1874–1967)) – earliest female appointee to any court (honorary, Perth Children's Court, 1915), active against Australian government practice of taking Aboriginal children from their mothers (Stolen Generation
  • Eileen Powell (1913–1997) – trade unionist, women's activist and contributor to the Equal Pay for Equal Work decision
  • Elizabeth Anne Reid (born 1942) – world's first women's affairs adviser to head of government (Gough Whitlam), active in UN and on HIV
  • Elizabeth Evatt (born 1933) – legal reformist, jurist, critic of Australia's Sex Discrimination Act, first Australian in United Nations Commission on Human Rights
  • Eva Cox (born 1938) – sociologist and feminist active in politics and social services, member of Women's Electoral Lobby, social commentator on women in power and at work, and social justice
  • Fiona Patten (born 1964) – leader of Australian Sex Party, lobbyist for personal freedoms and progressive lifestyles
  • Germaine Greer (born 1939) – author of The Female Eunuch, academic and social commentator
  • Jessie Street (1889–1970) – Australian suffragette, feminist and human rights campaigner influential in labour rights and early days of UN
  • Louisa Lawson (1848–1920)) – feminist, suffragist, author, founder of The Dawn, and pro-republican federalist
  • Louisa Margaret Dunkley (1866–1927) – telegraphist and labour organizer
  • Mary Hynes Swanton (22 June 1861 – 25 November 1940) Australian women's rights and trade unionist


  • Marianne Hainisch (1839–1936) – activist, exponent of women's right to work and education
  • Auguste Fickert (1855–1910) – feminist and social reformer
  • Bertha Pappenheim (1859–1936) – Austrian-Jewish feminist, founder of the German Jewish Women's Association


  • Marguerite Coppin (1867–1931) – female Poet Laureate of Belgium and advocate of women's rights
  • Christine Loudes (1972–2016) – proponent of gender equality and women's rights
  • Frédérique Petrides (1903–1983) – Belgian-American pioneer female orchestral conductor, activist and editor of Women in Music
  • Marie Popelin (1846–1913) – lawyer, feminist campaigner, leader of the Belgian League for Women's Rights


  • Unity Dow (born 1959) – judge and writer, plaintiff in case allowing children of mixed parentage to be deemed nationals




Cape Verde





  • Sophie Alberti (1846-1947) - pioneering women's rights activist and a leading member of Kvindelig Læseforening (Women Readers' Association)
  • Widad Akrawi (born 1969) – writer and doctor, advocate for gender equality, women's empowerment and participation in peace-building and post-conflict governance
  • Matilde Bajer (1840–1934) - women's rights activist and pacifist
  • Annestine Beyer (1795–1884) – pioneer of women's education
  • Anne Bruun (1853-1934), schoolteacher and women's rights activist
  • Esther Carstensen (1873–1955) - women right's activist, journal editor, active in the Danish Women's Society
  • Severine Casse (1805–1898), women's rights activist, successful in fighting for a wife's right to dispose of her earnings
  • Ulla Dahlerup (born 1942) - writer, women's rights activist, member of the Danish Red Stocking Movement
  • Thora Daugaard (1874–1951) - women's rights activist, pacifist, editor
  • Henni Forchhammer (1863–1955) - educator, feminist and peace activist
  • Suzanne Giese (1946–2012) - writer, women's rights activist, prominent member of the Red Stocking Movement
  • Bente Hansen (born 1940) - writer, supporter of the Red Stocking Movement
  • Eline Hansen (1859–1919) - feminist and peace activist
  • Estrid Hein (1873–1956) - ophthalmologist, women's rights activist and pacifist
  • Dagmar Hjort (1860–1902), schoolteacher, writer and women's rights activist
  • Erna Juel-Hansen (1845–1922) - novelist, early women's rights activist
  • Anna Laursen (1845–1911), educator, head of the Aarhus branch of the Danish Women's Society
  • Line Luplau (1823–1891) - feminist, suffragist, founder of the Danish Women's Suffrage Society
  • Elisabeth Møller Jensen (born 1946) - historian, feminist, director of Kvinfo from 1990 to 2014
  • Elna Munch (1871–1845) - feminist, politician, co-founder of the Danish Association for Women's Suffrage
  • Louise Nørlund (1854–1919) - feminist, pacifist, founder of the Danish Women's Suffrage Society
  • Charlotte Norrie (1855–1940) - nurse, women's rights activist, voting rights campaigner
  • Thora Pedersen (1875–1954) - educator, school inspector, women's rights activist who fought for equal pay for men and women
  • Johanne Rambusch (1865–1944) - feminist, politician, co-founder of the radical suffrage association Landsforbundet for Kvinders Valgret
  • Vibeke Salicath (1861–1921) – philanthropist, feminist, editor, politician
  • Astrid Stampe Feddersen (1852–1930) – chaired first Scandinavian meeting on women's rights
  • Karen Syberg (born 1945), writer, feminist, co-founder of the Red Stocking Movement
  • Caroline Testman (1839–1919) – feminist, co-founder of Dansk Kvindesamfund
  • Ingeborg Tolderlund (1848–1935) – women's rights activist and suffragist
  • Clara Tybjerg (1864–1941) - women's rights activist, pacifist
  • Anna Westergaard (1882–1964) - railway official, trade unionist, women's rights activist and politician
  • Louise Wright (1861–1935) - philanthropist, feminist and peace activist
  • Natalie Zahle (1827–1913) – pioneer of women's education

East Timor


  • Engy Ghozlan (born 1985) – coordinator of campaigns against sexual harassment
  • Fatima el Naouut (born 1966) – Egyptian writer and journalist.
  • Hoda Shaarawi (1879–1947) – feminist organizer of Mubarrat Muhammad Ali (women's social service organization), Union of Educated Egyptian Women, and Wafdist Women's Central Committee, founder president of Egyptian Feminist Union
  • Houda Darwish (born 1991) – Arabic writer and pediatrician and neonatalogist doctor.
  • Nawal el-Saadawi (born 1931) – writer and doctor, advocate of women's health and equality
  • Qasim Amin (1863–1908) – jurist, early advocate of women's rights in society
  • Soraya Bahgat (born 1983) – Egyptian-Finnish women's rights advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Tahrir Bodyguard





  • Jenny Apolant (1874–1925) – Jewish feminist, suffragist
  • Ruth Bré (c. 1862/67–1911) – writer, advocate of matrilineality and women's rights, founder of Bund für Mutterschutz (League for Maternity Leave)
  • Johanna Elberskirchen (1864–1943) - feminist and activist for women's rights, gays and lesbians
  • Johanna von Evreinov (1844–1919) – Russian-born German feminist writer, pioneering female lawyer and editor
  • Lida Gustava Heymann (1868–1943) – feminist, pacifist and women's rights activist
  • Luise Koch (1860–1934) – educator, women's rights activist, suffragist, politician
  • Helene Lange (1848–1930) - educator, pioneering women's rights activist, suffragist
  • Louise Otto-Peters (1819–1895) – suffragist, women's rights activist, writer
  • Alice Salomon (1872–1948) – social reformer, women's rights activist, educator, writer
  • Käthe Schirmacher (1865–1930) – early women's rights activist, writer
  • Auguste Schmidt (1833–1902) – pioneering women's rights activist, educator, journalist
  • Alice Schwarzer (born 1942) – journalist and publisher of the magazine Emma
  • Marie Stritt (1855–1928) – women's rights activist, suffragist, co-founder of the International Alliance of Women
  • Marianne Weber (1870–1954) – sociologist, women's rights activist, writer
  • Clara Zetkin (1857–1933) – Marxist theorist, women's rights activist, suffragist, politician



  • Kalliroi Parren (1861–1940) – founder of the Greek women's movement
  • Avra Theodoropoulou (1880–1963) – music critic, pianist, suffragist, women's rights activist, nurse


  • Henriette Rasmussen (1950–2017), educator, journalist, women's rights activist and politician





  • Electronita Duan - founder of Politeknik Pembangunan Halmahera
  • Raden Adjeng Kartini (1879–1904) – Javanese advocate for native Indonesian women, critic of polygamy and lack of women's education





  • Laura Terracina (1519-c.1577), widely published poet, writer, protested violence against women and promoted women's writing
  • Alma Dolens (1869–1948), pacifist, suffragist and journalist, founder of several women's organizations
  • Linda Malnati (1855––1921), influential women's rights activist, trade unionist, suffragist, pacifist and writer
  • Anna Maria Mozzoni (1837–1920), pioneering women's rights activist and suffragist
  • Eugenia Rasponi Murat (1873–1958), women's rights activist and open lesbian who fought for civil protections.
  • Gabriella Rasponi Spalletti (1853–1931), feminist, educator and philanthropist, founder of the National Council of Italian Women in 1903





  • Alaa Murabit (born 1989) – physician, advocate of inclusive security, peace-building and post-conflict governance






New Zealand

  • Kate Sheppard (1848–1934) – suffragette, influential in winning voting rights for women in 1893 (first country and national election in which women have vote)








Puerto Rico

  • Luisa Capetillo (1879–1922) – labor union suffragette jailed for wearing pants in public



Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



  • Alojzija Štebi (1883–1956) – suffragist, who saw socialism as a means of equalizing society for both men and women.


  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born 1969) – Somali-Dutch feminist and atheist activist, writer and politician

South Africa

  • Shamima Shaikh (1960–1998) – member of the Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa, exponent of Islamic gender equality






United Kingdom

United States

and activist for indigenous women's rights



  • Sheyene Gerardi – Human rights advocate, peace activist, founder of the SPACE movement



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