Judith Wright was a Deaf poet, environmentalist and social activist from Australia. She was a well loved national figure and influenced public opinion on a number of topics, always believing that poets were political whether they liked it or not.
She was born in the middle of the bush, which cemented her future work in environmentalism and Aboriginal rights. She is also one of only two Australians nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature.
Partially deaf since her 20s and profoundly deaf from 1992, She campaigned for the preservation of the environment, particularly the Great Barrier Reef, forming one of the earliest conservation movements.
She also passionately campaigned for Aboriginal land rights, basing poems on her frustration with the country's governance. Letters sent by her to the Prime Minister were described as "almost brutal in [their] scorn"