Jazz Jennings is a teenager known for her LGBTQ rights activism. She was born male but accepted her female transgender identity at a very young age. She is one of the youngest publically documented transgender people. Jazz was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a gender identity disorder, when she was four. Since then she has appeared on numerous talk shows and also features in a TLC reality show named ˜I Am Jazz' that focuses on the family's struggles of raising a transgender girl. She also co-wrote a book by the same name describing the struggles of being a transgender girl. She actively participates in LGBTQ rights events and works for several charity organizations.
Helen Keller is an iconic name that finds a starry place in history. There is possibly no one on this earth who has never heard of her name even for once in their life. Keller was the first deaf and blind woman who had created waves as a writer, political activist, and lecturer. She is regarded as an extremely powerful example of dynamism and advocacy for people with disabilities. Keller is remembered for her autobiography ˜The Story of My Life' and other brilliant essay compilations like ˜Out of the Dark'. Keller had written various books and essays on socialist and spiritual topics. Generations after generations have known Keller so well through various film, television series and documentary adaptations produced, depicting the story of her life. Keller had been the guiding light of the American Foundation for the Blind for which she had raised funds. Keller had won many posthumous honours like being named in hospitals and physically challenged foundations. After she died she was awarded with Alabama's The 50 State Quarters program, listed in Gallup's Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century and a bronze statue of her was added to the National Statuary Hall Collection. Keller was the first deaf and blind woman who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller's name will remain in the memories of future generations and pages of history.
Molly Burke is a Canadian motivational speaker, disability rights activist, and internet celebrity. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of four, Molly Burke lost her vision during her childhood. Despite going through many hardships and challenges, Molly grew up sharing her heart-warming stories. As a speaker, Molly Burke has travelled around the world, addressing audiences as big as 20,000. She has collaborated with the likes of Malala Yousafzai, Demi Lovato, and Martin Luther King III to name a few. In 2017, she became the primary model for Dove's international ad campaign. Molly Burke is also hugely popular across social media. Her self-titled YouTube channel has gathered more than 1.4 million subscribers.
Animal rights activist known for being the chief executive officer of the non-profit animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue. In 2020, she appeared in the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King.
Made international news after being kidnapped at age 14. She was rescued nine months later and later became a child safety activist and a contributor for ABC News.
Susan B. Anthony was an American feminist who played a major role in the women's suffrage movement and served as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She was committed to social equality and was also a civil rights activist and abolitionist. Born into a Quaker family with strong activist traditions, she developed a sense of justice early on and ventured into social activism as a teenager. Her father as well as several other members of her family, were abolitionists, and as a young girl, she too became involved in the anti-slavery movement. She grew up to become a teacher and ultimately became the head of the girls' department at Canajoharie Academy. She became acquainted with the prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the fiery feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and was inspired to become a full-time social activist herself. She left the academy and joined Stanton in founding the New York Women's State Temperance Society. The duo then went on to initiate the American Equal Rights Association, which campaigned for equal rights for both women and African Americans. A very active figure in the women's suffrage movement, she tirelessly campaigned to gain support for women's right to vote. A strong willed and independent woman, she never married and dedicated her entire life to the causes she believed in.
Florence Nightingale was a British social reformer who founded modern nursing. Her biggest contribution to humanity was when she volunteered to help in the Crimean war to tend to wounded soldiers. Later in life she tried to bring about reforms regarding the hygiene problems of the Army hospitals. She wrote many books and letters to improvise the treatments and care given to wounded soldiers. She laid the foundation for pursuing nursing as a profession by elite British women and others as well. In the Victorian age the society was cruel towards women taking up this vocation. They felt that for nursing one did not need much intelligence or knowledge; and nurses were thought of as being a little above prostitutes at that time. Florence changed the whole notion and perspective of the society and gave a new meaning to nursing altogether. She fought till the very end for better health care and proper sanitation facilities after losing more men in the Crimean war due to infections than battle-wounds. She was also a brilliant mathematician and a versatile writer. She was a true feminist and though she was not much of an orthodox, she stayed with the church till the end. The Nightingale pledge in her honour is taken by new nurses promising to fulfil their duties as care-givers.
Yoko Ono is a renowned Japanese singer, contemporary artist, and filmmaker. Coming from a wealthy and educated background, she chose to make a career in singing and performance art, which brought her both positive and negative publicity. This was mainly due to her link-up with The Beatles member, <a title='John Lennon' href='/famous/john-lennon.htm'>John Lennon</a>, which was assumed to be the reason behind the group's break-up. Nevertheless, she fought and rose to create a name for herself in the world of music and performance art. By delivering unusual acts, she moved beyond the boundaries of music, art and theatre, thereby being highly influential in motivating the punk and new generation. But, it was after her husband's assassination that she emerged as a strong individual, and gave some of her best solo hits and best-seller albums to the music industry. Among her numerous solos, ˜Season of Glass' is considered to be her best album, which received immense appreciation outside the standard critical and avant-garde community. During her over half-decade career, she gave some hit music albums, which include ˜Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band', ˜Rising', ˜Wedding Album', ˜Live Peace in Toronto 1969', and ˜Double Fantasy', apart from over 16 films, such as ˜Bottoms', ˜Cut Piece', ˜Two Virgins', ˜Rape', Freedom', and ˜Making of Fly'.
Che Guevara was a legendary political activist, who gave his life for the downfall of imperialism and the establishment of socialism. It is through his relentless work that he became the countercultural symbol of rebellion and revolution. Throughout his life, Guevara held numerous profiles, that of a doctor, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. Since an early age, Guevara was disturbed by the disdainful living conditions of the poor and the hardships they were undergoing. It was his early expeditions that left a deep impact on him and propelled the emotions of anger and resentment which caused rebellion and revolution. He is known to have played a significant role in the Cuban Revolution along with Fidel Castro and was essentially responsible for the victory attained against the Batista regime. Post the Cuban Revolution, he shaped the economy of Cuba towards a productive and prosperous future by coming out with progressive plans. He was also responsible for the magnanimous increase in the literacy rate of Cuba from 60% to 96%. It was his belief of creating the consciousness of ˜new man' driven by morals rather than material incentives that has made him a revered figure in the history. For the same, he was listed in the TIME magazine's list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. To know more about Guevara's life and revolutionary actions, scroll further.
Swedish activist who has gained prominence for her work to halt climate change and global warming. She rose to fame for organizing the world's first school strike for climate when she did in August 2018 outside of Sweden's parliament.
Monica Lewinsky, a young White House intern, made headlines for her affair with the then President, <a title='Bill Clinton' href='/famous/bill-clinton.htm'>Bill Clinton</a>. One of the most controversial high-profile political sex scandals in the history of America, ˜The Lewinsky Scandal', created shock waves across the country. After a series of public denials of the affair, Clinton finally admitted to have had ˜an illicit physical relationship' with Lewinsky. He was later charged with ˜perjury' and was impeached. He was, however, acquitted following a 21-day trial. Lewinsky received immense media glare and publicity after the scandal - she appeared on many TV shows, commercials, and interviews and even made an appearance on a comic sketch, on ˜Saturday Night Live'. She also came out with her own line of handbags called the ˜The Real Monica, Inc.'. The label sold in many countries across the world. After a certain period of time, she could not handle the media frenzy and found it immensely difficult to lead a private life in America. Hence, she moved to London, where she obtained a degree in psychology from the London School of Economics.
Elie Wiesel was a Jewish Romanian-American writer, professor and the author of the bestselling book ˜Night' as well as many other books dealing with Judaism, the Holocaust, and the moral responsibility of the people to fight hatred, racism and genocide. Born in Romania, he along with his family was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in 1944 during the Holocaust. A teenager at that time, he became an eye witness to the atrocities meted out to Jews in the concentration camps where he lost both his parents. Along with the other prisoners of the camps, he was liberated following the ending of the World War II, but the memories of the war would haunt him forever. He then moved to France where he studied literature, philosophy and psychology at the Sorbonne and became a journalist. For years he refused to write about or discuss his experiences during the Holocaust but reconsidered his decision on the advice of the Catholic writer Francois Mauriac who encouraged him to write about his traumatic experiences. Wiesel thus wrote the memoir ˜Night' which became a grim testimonial of the Holocaust. Eventually his career took him to the United States where he settled down for life. In his later life, he emerged as a political activist and humanitarian and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for voicing his concern about the global crisis of humanity.
Online political activist who is known for his eponymous YouTube channel. He has gained particular renown for his dissecting of current and politicized events, often focusing on the lesser known aspects of the given stories. His channel boasts to over 1.3 million subscribers.
Brave Dutch citizen who helped <a title='Anne Frank' href='/famous/anne-frank.htm'>Anne Frank</a> and her family hide from the Nazis during World War II. She kept <a title='Anne Frank' href='/famous/anne-frank.htm'>Anne Frank</a>'s diary safe until <a title='Otto Frank' href='/famous/otto-frank.htm'>Otto Frank</a> returned from Auschwitz in 1945.
Political advocate for gun control and activist against gun violence who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. He became one of twenty founding members of Never Again MSD, the gun control advocacy group led by students of the school.
Activist and advocate for gun control who survived the horrific February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. She co-founded gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD.
Known for having co-founded and led the English Defence League (EDL) street protest movement. He served as leader between 2009 and 2013.
Famous as the wife of President <a title='Ronald Reagan' href='/famous/ronald-reagan.htm'>Ronald Reagan</a>'s Press Secretary, <a title='James Brady' href='/famous/james-brady.htm'>James Brady</a>. She became an outspoken advocate of gun control after her husband was shot and partially paralyzed during a 1981 attempt on Reagan's life. From 1989 until 2012, she chaired the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Australian humanitarian and activist who is known for his viral video "Gifted With Cancer" which led to the rededication of his life to humanitarian causes and charity. He went on to found the organization MATW Project which focuses on providing food, education, and other necessities to African countries.
Transgendered activist who is widely known for her 2014 best-selling memoir Rethinking Normal. She earned the ALA Rainbow Book and Oklahoma Book awards for her work.
Activist, entrepreneur, and entertainer who has been openly transgender and has fought for LGBT rights. In 2015, she wrote an autobiography called A Light Through The Shade: An Autobiography of a Queen.
Erin Brockovich is an American environmental activist and legal clerk. She is best known for building the 1993 Pacific Gas and Electric Company litigation case for her law firm Masry & Vititoe. Her successful lawsuit was settled for US$333 million, the largest settlement paid in an American direct-action lawsuit till date. Her association with the case became the subject of the 2000 biographical movie ˜Erin Brockovich.' Today, Brockovich has become a television personality as well, hosting a number of shows including ABC's ˜Challenge America with Erin Brockovich'. Currently, she also serves as a consultant for the company Girardi & Keese and holds the post of the president at Brockovich Research & Consulting. In recognition of her environmental activism, Brockovich was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and an Honorary Doctor of laws from Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon.
Civil rights activist and former Africana studies instructor who served as the Chair of the Police Ombudsman Commission and the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Spokane, Washington. She lost all three of her positions after accusations of her lying about her race surfaced publicly.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a prominent 19th century American women rights and civil rights activist. She had a very liberal upbringing and law was a very common subject that was discussed at home. Her early exposure to law made her realise that law discriminates heavily against women, especially married women, who had practically no property, income, employment, or even custody rights over their own children. She decided to fight for women's rights and after growing up, she tirelessly campaigned for the women's right to vote. Her campaigning partner was Susan B. Anthony; Elizabeth and Susan became a vital force in the women's movement of the 19th century. Elizabeth formed the National Women's Loyal League and eventually, after few years, established the National Woman Suffrage Association along with Susan. She spoke fearlessly about liberal divorce laws and the reproductive self-determination and soon became the most celebrated voice of the women reformers during the late years of her life. Her constant efforts really helped in bringing forth several changes and the most important of them was the Nineteenth Amendment which provided all citizens with the right to vote. She was a reformer, a writer and was also probably one of the most prominent feminist leaders America ever had.