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With 840 biographies, Social Activists are the 24th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Mathematicians, Physicists, and Businesspeople.


Pantheon has 839 people classified as social activists born between 600 BC and 2009. Of these 839, 233 (27.77%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living social activists include Aung San Suu Kyi, Shirin Ebadi, and Angela Davis. The most famous deceased social activists include Che Guevara, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi. As of April 2024, 174 new social activists have been added to Pantheon including Narges Mohammadi, Nat Turner, and Gangubai Kothewali.

Living Social Activists

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Deceased Social Activists

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Newly Added Social Activists (2024)

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Most social activists were born in United States (148), India (60), and United Kingdom (50). By city, the most common birth places were Moscow (10), New York City (8), and London (5).The most common death places of social activists were United States (121), India (46), and United Kingdom (42). By city, these were New York City (17), Moscow (17), and Paris (14).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as social activists in Pantheon are Mentor of Rhodes, Campaspe, and Pheidippides.  The concentration of social activists was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier social activists are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Social Activists were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Social Activists since 1700.