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8 Leading Women in the World of Animal Welfare



This Women’s History Month, here are some women in the animal welfare movement who you should know.

We all know that women have accomplished some of the most important things in history. This is true across industries, and this Women’s History Month, we are shining a light on some of the leading women in the world of animal welfare. Whether you’ve heard their names before or not, their stories are well worth learning.

Tabitha Brown

If you’re looking for more social media content on eating plant-based, look up Tabitha Brown. Brown is leading the food-based revolution on Instagram, where she shares inspirational stories and vegan recipes.

Jane Goodall

Who doesn’t know Jane Goodall? Called by some the “mother of chimps” and recognized across the world as one of the foremost players in the animal welfare space, Goodall is well worth a follow.

Genesis Butler

At 15, Genesis Butler is the youngest person on this list, but she has certainly earned her spot. She recently teamed up with Billie Eilish to call for plant-based meals on Capitol Hill. How cool!

Lindsay Oliver

We might be a little biased, considering Lindsay Oliver is our Executive Director, but she has a long history of fighting for animals, from her time working undercover in animal welfare environments to leading World Animal Protection US. Stay tuned for a very special Instagram Live event featuring Oliver that will be announced later this month.

Hannah Shaw

Hannah Shaw, AKA Kitten Lady, has dedicated her Instagram page with 1.2 million followers to her work rescuing and rehabilitating kittens. Follow along if you want to see super cute pictures of kittens and learn a little something about them in the process!

Jodie Wiederkehr

The Campaign Director of Chicago Alliance for Animals, Jodie Wiederkehr, shares local and global updates on important animal welfare issues on her Twitter feed.

Joyce Tischler

Joyce Tischler is a professor at Lewis and Clark Law School and is considered by many to be “the Mother of Animal Law” because of her role in founding the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) – the first nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting animals through the legal system.

Paula Kahumbu

Elephant conservationist Paula Kahumbu has dedicated her life to Africa’s elephants, protecting them from environmental changes and poaching.


Have a favorite woman in animal welfare who deserves a shout-out? Tweet us @MoveTheWorldUS to share!

Have a favorite woman in animal welfare who deserves a shout-out? Tweet us @MoveTheWorldUS to share!