Top 10 women activists

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

A list of legendary women activists that are still alive and are still changing the world. These

are some of the most inspiring women on Earth.

Bree Newsome

She was arrested on June 27, 2015, for taking down the Confederate Flag that was displayed on the grounds of the South Carolina State House. The Confederate Flag represents slavery and racism as well as the anger and the frustration of the black community.

Claudette Colvin

a civil rights crusader arrested at 15 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in segregated Alabama. When reporters asked her why she did not get up she said “history had me glued to the seat, it felt as though Harriet Tubman’s hand was pushing me down on one shoulder and Sojourner Truth’s hand was pushing me down on another shoulder, and between these two historical women, iconic women I could not move I was paralised in that seat ”. Despite her courage and boldness she was omitted from history books

Waris Dirie

you might know her from the movie “desert flower” ,she is human rights activist in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation. From 1997 to 2003, she was a UN special ambassador against female genital mutilation. In 2002 she founded her own organisation in Vienna, the Desert Flower Foundation.

Sonita Alizadeh

you might know her from the bookgoodnight stories for rebel girls” . She is an Afghan rapper and activist who uses her voice to express disapproval on forced marriages. Alizadeh first gained attention when she released "Brides for Sale," a video in which she raps about daughters being sold into marriage by their families.

Cameron Russell

you might know her from the ted talk ‘Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.’She is a long-standing proponent of clean energy and has used her platform to raise awareness about climate change. In 2015 she even led a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to spread the message - with the help of other famous models such as Bella Hadid and Stella Maxwell.

Malala Yousafzai

As a young girl, she demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. But as expected there were people that disapproved of what she did. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived, for that she stated “on the 9th of October 2012 the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead, they shot my friends too, they thought that the bullet would silence us but they failed” . In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hannah Witton

YouTuber, author, sex educator and sex positive activist on a mission to ‘get real’ about conversations around sex, body image and sexuality. On her vlogs she tries to make the taboo subject of sex, a more open to discuss matter. She is also the author of the book ‘Doing It’, an educational handbook for young people exploring everything from losing your virginity to consent.

Amal Azzudin

is an Egyptian-Scottish campaigner and activist who co-founded the Glasgow Girls, a group of seven school girls from Drumchapel High School who campaigned to stand up against dawn raids, detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow in response to the detention of one of their friends. Their story has since been turned into two BBC documentaries, a stage musical and a television musical drama.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

also known by her initials AOC, is an latino American politician. Taking office at age 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. She has been noted for her substantial social media presence relative to her fellow members of Congress. She was previously an activist and worked as a waitress and bartender before running for Congress in 2018.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

is a Liberian politician who was elected Africa's first female president in 2005. And, put Liberia back on its feet after 14 years of brutal civil war. She was awarded with The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 "for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."