Dr. Amina Wadud (USA, 1952-Present)
In 2005, Amina was the first female imam to lead a mixed-congregation prayer. This act caused a shock wave to run throughout the Islamic world.
Some viewed it as an awakening and a return to the equalitarian way of Islam. Others viewed it as an offensive innovation.
According to Amina, "The radical notion that women are full human beings is already inscribed in Islam by our notion of tawhid. So the binary that tries to give women less than full human dignity is transformed into a relationship of equality and reciprocity."
Despite individuals' views on the subject, she has created a platform where diverse Muslim views can be voiced.
From Huffington Post