Profession: Lawyer and human rights activist
Why Famous: Listed as one of the 100 most powerful and influential women of all time, lawyer and activist Ebadi founded the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran.
As the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, Ebadi's reception in Iran is controversial. Critical of the Iranian regime, she has been in exile since 2009.
- 2003-10-10 Shirin Ebadi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, making her the 1st Iranian Muslim women to receive the prize