Activists are people who fight for social change by organizing protests, demonstrations and other forms of civic action big or small. From Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks to Edward Snowden, Activists shape the world we live in.
Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. The longtime wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, she was also known for her political involvement and efforts to combat apartheid, as well as controversial actions that led to convictions for kidnapping and fraud.
Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Linda Brown, the child at the center of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, has died. The case dismantled federal education laws that allowed segregated schools for black and white students, although Brown never got the chance to attend unsegregated school.
On the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.K., equality campaigners are calling for the pardon of Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragettes who were imprisoned fighting for women’s suffrage. Meanwhile, Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter warned President Trump may damage men’s perception of women.