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To mark our 30th Anniversary we’re celebrating 30 women and changemakers who have played a key role in making equality reality.

Learn more about these 30 women and changemakers as told by members of our staff and board, including Gloria Steinem’s tribute to Wilma Mankiller.

Alanis Morisette, Singer, Songwriter, Activist

Amy Ziering, Academy-Award Nominated Filmmaker, Activist

Annie Lennox, Singer, Songwriter, Activist, Philanthropist

Asma Jahangir, Activist, Human Rights Attorney

Ayesha Malik, Jurist, First Woman to Serve on the Supreme Court of Pakistan

Brisa De Angulo, Activist, Survivor, 2017 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Internationally Bestselling Author, 2019 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Drew Dixon, Music Producer, Activist, Survivor

Elizabeth Evatt, Human Rights Lawyer, Legal Scholar, First Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia

Gloria Steinem, Writer, Activist, Chair, Board Emeritus, 2014 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Hibaaq Osman, Political Strategist, Movement Builder, Activist

Jaha Dukureh, Activist, Survivor, 2016 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Jane Fonda, Actor, Activist, Advisor, Adolescent Girls Legal Defense Fund, 2016 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Judith Bruce, Senior Associate and Policy Analyst, Population Council, Chair Adolescent Girls Legal Defense Fund

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Human Rights Lawyer, Legal Scholar, Activist, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Linda Perry, Singer, Songwriter, Activist

Margaret Atwood, Internationally Bestselling Author, Activist, 2018 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Meaza Ashenafi, Jurist, First Female Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Ethiopia

Paola Mendoza, Filmmaker, Author, Activist

Sarah Sophie Flicker, Actor, Filmmaker, Activist

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Former Deputy President of South Africa, Former Executive Director, UN Women, 2021 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Civil Rights Lawyer, Legal Scholar, Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Salma Hayek, Actor, Producer, Philanthropist, 2014 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland

Sapana Pradhan Malla, Human Rights Lawyer, Activist

Sue Smalley, Author, Activist, Chair, Bedari Kindness Institute Executive Committee, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Equality Now Board Emeritus

Susan Chokachi, President and CEO, The Americas, Gucci, 2017 Make Equality Reality Honoree

Wilma Mankiller, Activist, First Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Zainah Anwar, Activist, Political Strategist

Changemakers, Annual Award Presented by Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE

Amandla Stenberg, Actor, Activist, Recipient of the 1st Annual Changemaker Award

Scarlett Curtis, Writer, Activist, Recipient of the 2nd Annual Changemaker Award

Nadeen Ashraf, Activist, Recipient of the 3rd Annual Changemaker Award

Shantel Marekera, Activist, Rhodes Scholar, Recipient of the 4th Annual Changemaker Award


We wouldn’t be here today without the tenacity of our founders, or the generosity of philanthropists who have invested in our vision. Explore their role in our 30 years of work toward a just world for women and girls.

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