Famous as a leader of the radical feminist group FEMEN, Shevchenko was involved in the organization of numerous topless protests that sought to bring attention to the damaging effects of patriarchal society.
After graduating from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with an honors degree in journalism, she found employment at the Mayor of Kiev's press office.
In 2012, she was named one of Madame Figaro magazine's "20 Iconic Women of the Year."
She and her sister were raised in Kherson, Ukraine, as the daughters of a soldier father.
She and the Mexican-born Susana Chavez both had high-profile careers as women's rights activists.