5 inspirational vegan women to follow

There’s a plethora of inspirational vegan women doing amazing things. It would be impossible to fit them all into an article, so here's five that are definitely worth following.

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a long-time vegetarian and fairly recent vegan convert known for animal rights activism. Best known for studying chimps in Tanzania, which helped to develop the mainstream belief that animals are sentient beings, Jane has dedicated much of her life to advocating animal rights and conservation. In 2021 she released a cookbook, #Eat Meat Less, which highlights the destructive nature that eating meat has on the environment.

Evanna Lynch

Best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter franchise, Evanna is also a writer, podcaster and vegan activist. She began her vegan journey after reading the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer. Evanna is an animal rights activist and believes that being vegan is the most effective way an individual can help animals. On top of this, she runs a podcast that aims to support vegans at any stage of their journey as well as a beauty subscription box, Kinder Beauty, which focuses on selling products that have not been tested on animals.

Smiling blonde-haired woman (Evanna Lynch) with a red beanie on and holding a microphone

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Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel is an actress who has been vegan for more than 20 years and starred as Dr Temperance Brennon in the TV show Bones for 12 years. She has also been awarded the Compassionate Leadership Award, honouring her farmed animal advocacy leadership and accomplishments, and continued dedication and support of Mercy For Animals mission.

Greta Thunberg

Greta first popped onto our radars in 2018 when footage of her aged only 15 protesting outside the Swedish parliament demanding a reduction in climate emissions went viral. She is now well known for her environmental and sustainability activism. Her commitment to change has also altered how she lives her life: Greta chose a vegan lifestyle in order to reduce her carbon footprint as well as sailing across the Atlantic instead of flying when she was invited to attend a climate change conference.

Greta Thunberg with a grey top in front of a building

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Fiona Oakes

Fiona Oakes is a British marathon runner who has been vegan since she was six years old. Despite losing a kneecap at 17 she holds three world records, including fastest female to run a marathon on each continent. She is in charge of Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary which ensures the safety and welfare of domestic and ex-farm animals, and she founded The Fiona Oakes Foundation which advocates sustainability.

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