A legal clerk that was instrumental in building the 1993 Pacific Gas Electric Company litigation. Brockovich being an environmentalist is what led her to build a case against the Pacific Gas Electric Company, which before 1993 had been allowed to improperly dispose of waste and other practicals that proved less than beneficial to the environment of California. Her work on this case gave her national fame and led to the creation of “Challenge America with Erin Brockovich” on the ABC network. She, also was awarded two honorary doctorates from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and Lewis and Clark Law School, Oregon. The former granted her a doctorate in Humane Letters and the later in Law. She is currently the president of Brockovich Research and Counseling.
Marian Wright Edelman June 6, 1939 to Present
Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and current president emerita of the Child Defense Fund (CDF). All her life she worked for the advancement of lower class people by improving the chance of their children. It goes without saying that most of her earlier work was based on children of color. Her earlier legal career started with the NAACP in 1968 and from there she pushed for the betterment of children and made history by being the first black woman to be admitted into the Mississippi Bar after receiving her degree from Yale Law School. Edelman has been recognized by many government bodies for her work and has been awarded for her efforts. In 2000, she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She continues to improve the lives of children in the United States.
Charles Perkins June 16, 1936 to October 18, 2000
An aboriginal from Australia, Perkins lived through a time where people of the aboriginal lineage could not move around the country freely. This blatant discrimination left Perkins with a bitter resolve and used his fame as a football player (soccer) to achieve civil rights for aboriginals and was a leading member of what was called the “Freedom Ride” that lead to amendments to the Australian constitution and placed aboriginals on the census as well. Perkins continues to be well renowned for his work even years after his death.