Equality for All: Eight Foreign Women’s Equality Activists to Know

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  • New Zealand: Kate Sheppard
  • Liberia: Leymah Gbowee
  • Iran: Shirin Ebadi
  • Puerto Rico: Luisa Capetillo
  • Egypt: Doria Shafik
  • Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai
  • Guinea: Rainatou Sow
  • Working for Women's Rights
  • Egypt: Nawal el-Saadawi

Iran: Shirin Ebadi

The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi was the first Iranian awarded the international honor, given to her for her human rights work with women, children and refugees. Considered one of the most influential women of all time, the 66-year-old judge-turned-lawyer founded the Defenders of Human Rights Center, a human rights organization home to several of the country’s most prominent lawyers in Tehran.

(Photo: REUTERS/Thierry Roge)

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