One of the youngest environmental activists of the current generations, Ms. Thunberg is well known for calling on and participating in protests that involved students skipping their classes and protesting outside of the parliament of Sweden. Her movement now known as “Fridays of the Future” has become a worldwide movement that had caught the attention of millions around the world leading to Ms. Thunberg to speak at the COP 24 and the World Economic Forum as the best examples. Time Magazine has called her a “next generation leader,” her impact on the discussion of environmental issues around the world leading to change in her own native Sweden and around the world. Make the World Greta Again (2019) is an obvious play against president trump’s slogan “Make American Great Again '' as the two are known to have animosity for one another. This act solidifying Ms. Thunberg’s reputation of being a strong willed individual willing to stand up for what she believes in.
Alice Paul January 11, 1885 to July 9, 1977
One of the leading suffragettes of the 20th century, Alice Paul is best known for her work with the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and for founding the National Woman’s Party (NWP) with Lucy Burns. Coming from a family of Quakers Ms. Paul was exposed to the idea that the genders were equal by her family and was encouraged to gain an education. She had earned her degree in biology in 1905 from Swarthmore College. Ms. Paul’s goal throughout life was to bring about change in the United States for women less fortunate than she was in terms of being able to gain the basic rights that most men in the United States at the time had, this including access to education. Her and a group of suffragettes known as the “Silent Sentinels” would begin an eighteen-month picket campaign starting in January 1917 to protest for women’s rights. It was this that would push the police to have them arrested. While in prison Paul would organize a hunger strike that would aid in generating more awareness and sympathy by the public to support women's rights. Ms. Paul’s actions have been directly associated with the passing of the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States in 1920.
Kailash Satyarthi January 11, 1954 to present
A leading figure in ending child labor around the world Mr. Satyarthi has founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) meaning Save Childhood Movement in 1980 to find and end child labor while also providing methods to rehabilitate children rescued from such curling conditions. This has been the goal of Mr. Satyarthi for some time, going as far back as his childhood when he noticed that his less fortunate peers were either in bonded labor or forced to work by their parents. He started his organization in the 1980’s and has been able to rescue 80,000 children from bounded labor since. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.