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Social Reformers and Revolutionaries

Please link Geni profiles of reformers and revolutionaries to this project - notables can be added to the list below.

See also Dissident Freedom Activists Worldwide


  • Reformer - a disputant who advocates reform
  • Revolutionary - a person engaged in political revolution.

Bold links are to Geni Profiles.


  • Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US revolutionary, statesman
  • Jane Addams (1860-1935) US social worker, suffragist
  • Saul Alinsky, (1909-1972) US political activist
  • Susan B. Anthony. (1820-1906) US social reformer, suffragist
  • Mary Austin, (1868-1934) US writer, suffragist


  • Mikhail Bakunin, (1814-1876) Russian anarchist
  • Stephen Bantu Biko (1946-1977) was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa
  • William Booth (1829-1912) British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army
  • Antoinette Brown Blackwell, (1825-1921) US abolitionist, feminist, clergy
  • Albert Brisbane (1809–1890) an American utopian socialist, chief popularizer of the theories of Charles Fourier in the US
  • Josephine Elizabeth Butler (1828-1906) Victorian era British feminist who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes.


  • Maria Weston Chapman, (1806-1885) US abolitionist, editor


  • Georges Jacques Danton, (1759-1794) French revolutionary leader, orator
  • Angela Davis, (1944-____) US political activist, revolutionary, author
  • Dorothy Day, (1897-1980) US editor, humanitarian, women's rights advocate
  • Eugene Debs, (1855-1926) US labor organizer
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, (1868-1963) US writer, social reformer


  • Marian Wright Edelman, (1939-____) US social reformer, lawyer, author


  • John Fairbairn (1794 – 1864) - newspaper proprietor, educator, financier and politician of the Cape Colony.
  • Susan Faludi, (1959-____) US writer, feminist
  • Eliza Wood Burhans Farnham, (1815-1864) US social reformer, lecturer
  • Betty Friedan, (1921-2006) US feminist, activist, writer
  • Margaret Fuller, (1810-1850) US critic, social reformer, writer


  • Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • Emma Goldman, (1869-1940) US anarchist
  • Horace Greeley, (1811-1872) US newspaper editor, reformer
  • Germaine Greer, (du Feu) born 1939. Australian born reformer, author, educator
  • Dick Gregory, (1932-____) US comedian, author, political activist
  • Angelina Grimke, (1805-1979) US abolitionist, women's rights advocate
  • Che Guevara, (1928-1967) Argentine revolutionary


  • Clara McBride Hale, (1905-1992) US social reformer
  • Lewis Hine (1874-1940) American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States
  • Abbie Hoffman, (1936-1989) US political activist
  • Julia Ward Howe, (1819-1910) US social reformer
  • Dolores Huerta, (1930-____) US Chicana activist, labor leader


  • Jesse Jackson, (1941-____) US civil rights leader, minister, politician
  • Sonia Johnson, () US activist, religious leader


  • Sally Kempton, (1943-____) US writer, feminist
  • Ellen Key, (1849-1926) Swedish writer, feminist
  • Coretta Scott King, (1927-2006) US civil rights activist
  • Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
  • Maggie Kuhn, (1905-1995) US activist, social worker


  • Belva Lockwood, (1830-1917) US social reformer, lawyer
  • Clare Boothe Luce, (1905-1987) US dramatist, author, politician, diplomat
  • Martin Luther, (1483-1546) German religious reformer







  • Jeanne-Marie Roland, (1754-1793) French revolutionary
  • Dora Russell, (1894-1986) English writer, activist







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