Angela Davis (1944 - present) is an American political activist, educator and author. Throughout her life, Davis has advocated for gender equality and prison reform. She became known as a distinguished counterculture activist in the 1960s as she worked alongside the Communist Party USA. During the Civil Rights Movement, Davis worked with the Black Panther Party. During her tenure at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she continued to work as an activist and promote women's rights and racial justice. She has published books on race, class, and gender, "Are Prisons Obsolete?", "The Meaning of Freedom”, "Women, Culture & Politics” and many more.