Top 10 Indian Women Activists

Top 10 Indian Women Activists

It is said that women are the architects of society; birthing people, nourishing bodies, nurturing souls, and moulding personalities!

When you educate a girl, you empower a nation! Let us take a look at some of the brilliant women who have played a crucial role in making the world a better place!


Aranya Johar - Aranya Johar is an Indian poet who is known for actively raising her voice against misogyny, body shaming, and stigma around mental health. She makes use of her poetry skills to confront the unrealistic beauty standards and patriarchy. She is the youngest member of the G7’s Gender Equality Advisory Council and has even collaborated with Akshay Kumar for the movie ‘Padman’ and integrated spoken word into Bollywood for the first time!

Kamla Bhasin - Kamla Bhasin is a famous scientist who works for causes and issues related to education, development, media and gender. She has been putting her efforts in this line for 35 years now. She is currently a part of SANGAT, a South Asian Feminist Network as an advisor.

Aruna Roy - This 74 year old activist played a significant role in making the Right to Information Act see the light of the day! Roy has also founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) which works for the upliftment of peasants and workers!

Vandana Shiva - Vandana Shiva has had a prominent hand in assisting grassroots level organisations for the Green Movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria. She is the founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology and has written and spoken extensively about agriculture and food!

Medha Patkar - Medha Patkar is the founding member of the famous Narmada Bachao Andolan which aimed at conservation of the river Narmada, as the name suggests. Her work revolves around the upliftment of tribals, farmers, Dalits, labourers, and women facing injustice in India!

Manasi Pradhan - Honour for Women National Campaign, a nationwide campaign to end violence against women was founded by this brilliant activist! She is also the founder of the Nirbhaya Vahini and Nirbhaya Samaroh and is regarded as one of the pioneers of the 21st century international feminist movements!

Urvashi Butalia - Urvashi Butalia is a renowned feminist author, publisher and activist. She is the founder of Kali, a publishing house which aims at increasing the role of women in literature and motivating women authors!

Laxmi Agarwal - Laxmi Agarwal is an Indian acid attack survivor, a campaigner for rights of acid attack victims, and a TV host. Laxmi Agarwal was attacked in 2005 in New Delhi at the age of 15.

Deepa Malik - Deepa Malik is an Indian athlete. She started her career at the age of 30. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games and won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the shot put.

Swati Maliwal - She is a 36 year old activist who is currently the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, the youngest ever to hold the post! She has previously served as advisor to the Chief Minister of Delhi and worked towards public grievances!

We all owe so much to each of these beautiful women for ameliorating the quality of the world we live in to such great depths! 

Who have you heard of from this list? Comment down below with your favorite changemaker! And, if you liked the blog, share it with your friends! 


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