One hundred years ago, the goal uniting feminists in the United States was gaining the right to vote. Since then, feminism has come to mean different things to different people.
From the women’s liberation movement of the ’60s to the Women’s March on Washington in 2017, feminism has become increasingly more inclusive of the needs of all women, regardless of race, religion, or class.
24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of hundreds of women known for their influence on feminism. First, we gauged influence by reviewing the number of Wikipedia page views over the five years through the end of 2017. We then narrowed down the list down to women active from the 1960s to today, selecting women whose efforts represent the diverse array of causes that fall under the umbrella of modern feminism. We refined the list further by consulting Karla Strand, the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian at the University of Wisconsin System.
As the #metoo movement, Black Lives Matter movement, and the Women’s March have gained momentum, modern feminism is increasingly calling for previously unheard voices to take the podium, and for all women to unite for the rights of immigrants, people with disabilities, and transgender women. Though we have left out hundreds of prominent feminists and included some controversial figures, the women we have chosen have helped shape the complexities of what feminism is today.