Social reformer, educationalist, and poet from Maharashtra, India. A pioneer of India’s feminist movement, Savitrabai Phule founded 18 schools for women, protected vulnerable child widows, and dedicated her life to helping ‘untouchables’.
Rebels and Advocates
These are women who have, or are working to, change the world. They have protested and fought for their beliefs. They have reformed and revolutionised our world whether we are aware or not.
Irelands rebel Countess. Constance Markievicz dedicated her life the Ireland's republican cause and helping the poor. She played a key role in the Easter rising and was the first woman elected to the UK Parliament.
A remarkable figure, Wangari Maathai fought for conservation, Kenyan democracy and freedom. She helped plant 50 million trees, went on a hunger strike, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She helped end the single party regime in Kenya, and earned global respect. A truly remarkable woman.
Former slave, advocate for abolition, civil and women's rights. Sejourner Truth was even invited to meet President Lincoln. Unable to read or write, Truth's life was a remarkable story of the power of the spoken word.