Meet These 5 Incredible Women Fighting For Human + Civil Rights

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the women today who are carrying on the torch and fighting the good fight. We are constantly in awe of these women for their tenacity, intelligence and compassion. Whether it’s campaigning on social media or using their art medium to tell their story, there are some seriously amazing women out there who live their lives fighting for human and civil rights.

Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs

Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs is an activist from Trinidad and the founder of Tabii Just, a zero-waste womenswear clothing line made from excess fabric in Brooklyn. She is a huge advocate for fair working conditions and was one of the women who spearheaded the organization of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. She now serves as the youth director for Women’s March and co-led the one-day strike, A Day Without Women.

Ai-jen Poo


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Power. Solidarity. Unstoppable. @lenawaithe @reesewitherspoon @voguemagazine

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Ai-jen Poo is an American activist who currently serves as the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has been instrumental in effecting change including help passing the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights into law. She also founded Caring Across Generations, a coalition of advocacy organizations focused on the needs of aging Americans and people with disabilities.

Kiran Gandhi


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So so so thrilled to share that I was selected for the @forbesunder30 list this year for the 2019 class of innovators who are revolutionizing the music industry!!! It is an honor to be listed alongside some of my heroes like @jessiereyez, @wherearetheavocados, @syd, @kraejiyaeji, @taylaparx, @gracevanderwaal, @mickeyshiloh, @camila_cabello and @whereisstarrah who are making waves and shaking shit up in the industry today. Thank you to the friends and family who nominated me and were super down and supportive to make this happen. With all the emotional highs and lows that come with making music and speaking truth and pushing the boundaries on gender liberation today, wins like this serve as a reminder to keep going, and to keep creating impact, and to not let fear and worries get in the way!! Thank you @forbes. Link in bio; read about the other incredible innovators and thinkers there!! #ForbesUnder30 #forbes30under30 #30under30 #thefutureisfemale #ownyourvoice

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Kiran Gandi, or Madame Gandhi (her stage name), is an electronic music producer and activist. She received her Harvard MBA in 2015, and released her debut EP in 2016. Her music is focused on activism, female empowerment and fourth-wave feminism, and she was most recently named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for her work in activism.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Tatyana is a Brooklyn artist who uses visual art to bring awareness to the daily oppression faced by marginalized people. She’s currently the public artist in residence for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and will use the year-long residency to showcase the anti-black racism and sexual harassment by New Yorkers through her public art. She’s also the creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international art project tackling gender-based street harassment.

Mónica Ramírez


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#TBT: Last week individuals around the country called for equal pay for Latinas. People around the US & in other parts of the world joined us. There are so many people to thank! Shout out to @meena for her brilliance, plus her partnership on the #LEPD campaign, not to mention creating the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. @kelleybruner, @edwardenriquezcohen, Katie, @meremir, Christy, Ruben & Ariana for all of your support & hard work. @olguitasegura for being my hermana & co-conspirstor for good. Dolores Huerta, @karlasouza @dianexguerrero @yosoycordova @katedelcastillo @americaferrera #AngelaRobinson @alexkondracke @paolamendoza @lucyfloresnv, @vannessitav, Ingrid, Catherine, Cristela Alonso & everyone who helped rally folks to engage & raise their voices. The entire LCLAA team & board, plus our allies w/ the @equalpay2dayorg coalition, esp Joi Chaney & sponsors. Successful campaigns succeed because of the many people who make them possible. Thank you to the dozens of people & orgs who joined together for the national #LatinaEqualPay day of action. Together we reached millions of people with our message, priorities, solutions & demands. Mil gracias a todxs! We vocalized the importance of electing political leaders who would commit to showing leadership on this issue. We have to keep pushing forward & holding the leaders accountable to act. Adelante! #LatinaEqualPay #PhenomenallyLatina #Trabajadoras #LatinasLead

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Mónica is an activist, author and civil rights attorney who founded the Latina Impact Fund. She also founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Women’s Farmworker Alliance), and Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which addresses sexual assault and harassment of female farmworkers.

I would love to encourage you to follow these incredible women on social media because they can tell their stories far better than I can. It’s also a great way to gain valuable resources and see how you can get involved.

Learn about more women we love hereA Mission We Love: GAIA Empowered Refugee Women5 Badass Women Saving The Planet and our interview with Marwa Atik.

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram