Activism is the motion of campaigning and fighting towards social change for a cause. Although there are many people who have done revolutionary acts towards changing societal policies-known and unknown-there is still much to be done in the world. Poverty rates are still extremely high in the US and around the world, education isn’t a guarantee for a large portion of urban high school graduates, gender equality and equal pay wages are still not in effect, and the health care system is still not as helpful as we’d like it to be.
It’s true that there are activism groups that are currently aiming to fix these issues, but it takes time and numbers. We may not see the change at large yet, but change is soon to come because of selfless and efficient acts of protests and rallies. Check out 14 #PYNKGirlApproved female activists that are well-respected and getting things done.
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A political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Marian Wright Edelman
An American activist for the rights of children. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund
A writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world’s most well-known African American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature.
Michaela Angela Davis
Michaela Angela Davis is a journlist/writer on black culture, race, gender and hip-hop culture. She is a motivational speaker and an image activists who mentors and educates the youth on the importance of self acceptance and loving your heritage.
Sherly Lee Ralph
A passionate AIDS activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph is founding Director of The Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware (DIVA) Foundation. The DIVA Foundation founded in 1990 is a nonprofit organization, created as a living memorial to the many friends she had lost to HIV/AIDS as an original cast member of Broadways DREAMGIRLS and because of her concern for the threat HIV/AIDS posed to women and children.
Beverly Guy-Sheftall is a Black feminist scholar, and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is a prominent figure in Critical Race Theory and a professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School specializing in race and gender issues
Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name Bell Hooks, is an American author, feminist, and social activist. Watkins derived the name “bell hooks” from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks.
Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s.
Founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! a youth empowerment mentoring organization. Bond simultaneously created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and stand as inspirational and positive role models in the community.
Counsel to the Mayor who spearheads special projects, such as expanding affordable broadband access across all five boroughs, jobs for all New Yorkers and civil and human rights and gender equity.
President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, has fought for civil, youth and women’s rights for over 20 years.
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a poet and activist based in Oakland, California who is best known as the executive director of the Center For Media Justice and spearheading national grassroots efforts of the Net Neutrality campaign, framing the discourse on protecting net neutrality as shifting away from the notion of “media democracy” and instead as a case of “media justice.”[
An American sustainability advocate and the CEO of the anti-poverty organization Green For All.