Upstanders Working Towards...
Co-founder of One Acre Fund, supporting small-holder farmers in the developing world.
American professional soccer player and advocate for equal pay for women.
Labor activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association
Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Samasource, training workers in the developing world.
Social entrepreneur, head of Kiva.org, leader in microlending to help lift people out of poverty.
Founder of Pencils for Promise, an organization that builds schools and increases literacy in the developing world.
Organized secret art education classes for children in Terezin and collected over 4500 drawings from students.
Leader of Sears & Roebuck, philanthropist who built schools in the southern U.S. for African-American children.
Nobel Peace Prize-winning teenage activist for girls’ education in Pakistan and around the world.
Became an activist at the age of 11 and created #1000blackgirlbooks – a list of children’s books with African-American protagonists.
Chicagoan and founder of the Good Life Organization and Fulfill the Dream curriculum.
Billie Jean King
Former World No. 1 ranked professional tennis player, and an advocate for gender equality.
Civil rights lawyer, founder of Equal Justice Initiative
Dr. Victor Pineda
President of World Enabled and a leading global expert on disability rights.
LGBT activist and plaintiff in the case US v. Windsor that overturned a section of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, founded Camp Shriver in 1962, which evolved into the Special Olympics in 1968, providing sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.
As a lifelong activist, organizer, and champion of feminism, Gloria Steinem supports issues related to the achievement of equality, regardless of gender.
The first openly gay politician elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk supported a diverse range of human rights and community issues: gay, environmental and labor rights, and neighborhood relationship-building.
Joined and led the U.S. civil rights movement. He was one of the leaders of the March on Washington and risked his life marching for equal rights in Selma, Alabama.
Leader of the anti-apartheid movement and first democratically elected President of South Africa.
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise
A prominent American Reform rabbi and leader and president of both the American and World Jewish Congresses. He was a vocal opponent of Nazism and advocated for greater admission of Jewish refugees to the U.S. and Palestine before WWII.
Won a silver and a gold medal in track in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which demonstrated to his Nazi hosts that race does not define talent and greatness.
In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first African American to integrate a white public school in New Orleans. Later in life, Bridges became a civil rights advocate.
Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette, abolitionist, and women’s rights advocate.
Health and Environment
Navajo woman who delivers water to families on her reservation with no local access to water.
Dr. Raj Panjabi
Physician, Founder of Last Mile Health, an organization providing primary healthcare to rural Liberians.
Dr. Zaher Sahloul and Mrs. Suzanne Akras Sahloul
Respectively, Senior Advisor and former President of SAMS, Syrian American Medical Society and Founder and Executive Director of Syrian Community Network.
15-year-old high school sophomore Jack Andraka invented an award-winning and inexpensive early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers.
Chinese environmental activist, founder of the Institute for Environment and Public Affairs.
Kenyan environmentalist and women’s rights activist. First African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize.
As youth director of Earth Guardians, a group of activists, artists, and musicians who are committed to protecting the earth, Martinez is one of 21 plaintiffs suing the U.S. federal government for the right to a cleaner planet.
Craig & Marc Kielburger
Founders of Free the Children and We Day, global development and children’s rights activists.
Co-founded Satellite Sentinel, which tracks and documents genocidal activity in Sudan and South Sudan by satellite.
Peace Builder at the Peace Exchange, a Chicago organization that teaches young community leaders to advocate for nonviolence.
A Roman Catholic and Polish resistance member during WWII who reported on the Nazi atrocities he witnessed to political leaders around the world, none of whom acted upon his intelligence.
Social reformer, advocate for women’s, children’s, and immigrant rights.
After being physically and mentally tortured for 18 months in his native Argentina for representing political activists, Juan Mendez turned his legal skills to finding justice for torture victims.
Artist, Chicagoan, founder of Rebuild Foundation, investing in arts, cultural programming, and developing entrepreneurial skills of local residents.
Leader of the Jewish Underground in the Warsaw Ghetto, and only woman in high command of the ZOB.