Category: women’s rights

Patricia
Giles
(1928-2017)
was an Australian senator and women’s rights activist. She was elected as
senator in 1981, representing the Australian Labour Party, and was active for
twelve years, particularly in women’s issues.

She was a
qualified nurse who also held a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western
Australia. She served as the president of the International Alliance of Women
for three terms.

Madeleine
Lemoyne Ellicott
(1856-1945)
was a suffragist who established the League of Women Voters in Maryland and
served as its president for 20 years.

She studied
chemistry at the Rush Medical College, and later at the Polytechnic in Zurich,
Switzerland. In 1922 she helped organize the Pan-American Conference of Women.

Annapurna
Maharana
(1917-2012)
was a pro-independence campaigner in India. She was also a devoted social and
women’s rights activist.

She started
campaigning for Indian independence at only fourteen, and was arrested several
times by the British for her activism. She also opened a school for the
children of the tribal population in her area, and was active in Bhoodan
Movement, which aimed to persuade wealthy landowners to give some of their land
to the less fortunate.

Take something small from a man, any man, and see how quickly they get upset. Yet, we’re supposed to be just fine with oppression. Just leave our rights alone! 

Katha Pollitt (b. 1949) is a feminist
essayist and critic. Her writing focuses on social and political issues,
presenting them from a left-leaning perspective.

She has written for numerous publications, such as The New York Times, Ms. Magazine and The Nation, especially in defense of feminism, identity politics or
human rights. She has also coined the phrase ‘The Smurfette Principle’, which
refers to the trope of the token female in a group of male characters.

Rose
Scott
(1847-1925)
was a women’s rights activist from Australia. She was the founder of the Women’s
Political Education League in the country.

She was active
in society in Sydney, founding the Women’s Literary Society in 1889, which
turned into the Womanhood Suffrage League two years later. Her activism led to
the age of consent being raised to sixteen, improved conditions for female
prisoners, and the appointment of female inspectors in shops and factories.

Fatima Lodhi (b. 1989) is a social activist from Pakistan. She is the figure
behind “Dark is Divine”, the first anti-colorism campaign in the country.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in International
Relations. She has emerged as a campaigner and activist for causes such as
HIV/AIDS prevention, violence against women, and the rights of acid burns
victims. She regularly conducts sessions on diversity and self-acceptance.

Frances Willard (1839-1898) was a leading figure in the fight for women’s rights in
the United States. Her campaigning led to the raising of the age of consent in
several states, labour reforms such as the eight-hour day, and the expansion of
women’s rights.

She served as the first Dean of Women at
Northwestern University and the national president of the Woman’s Christian
Temperance Union. She advocated gender equality at home and in the workplace,
and was the founder and first president of the National Council of Women of the
United States.

Benita Galeana (1903-1995) was a Mexican feminist activist. She was an active campaigner for social justice, women’s rights and
worker’s rights in twentieth-century Mexico.

She was a member of the Unified Socialist
Party of Mexico, and was part of the efforts to regulate the standard
eight-hour working day, and to offer social security to workers. She was also
active in the United Pro-Women’s Rights Front, and fought for female suffrage,
as well as for abortion and maternity leave rights.

Wanjiru Kihoro
(1953-2006) was
an economist and feminist activist from Kenya. She was a founder of the
Pan-African women’s organisation Akina Mama wa Africa, which focuses on sexual
and reproductive rights, peace and domestic violence issues.

She studied in
the US and the UK, and founded her organisation in 1985 in London. Among her
other projects are ABANTU for Development, which provides training for African
women, and the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya.