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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Strong women in history and the names that honor them: From Charlotte to Coco.

My little feminist self is super excited about this post. Here are some names that are sure to honor these powerful women of our past and present:
Indira Gandhi

Queen Victoria

Ayn Rand

Maya Angelou

Eleanor-- I've done a whole blog post on this name. I admire Eleanor Roosevelt so much.

Victoria-- After the Queen herself. She's the longest reigning queen in England's history and she had an entire era named after her. Talk about powerful.

Coco-- Ms. Chanel revolutionized fashion for women, and famously made "menswear" popular for women.

Rosie-- As in the Riveter. I know, she isn't a real person, but she is pretty iconic.

Charlotte-- Charlotte Bronte was the famous writer of Jane Eyre. Her sisters, who are also famous writers, were named Emily and Anne Bronte.

Margaret-- There are several famous Margarets in history, but Margaret Fuller stands out to me. She wrote the book "Women in the Nineteenth Century" and was important in early feminist movements.

Leola-- I found this interesting tidbit in my research about these names; Leola was the name of the first female traffic cop in 1918.

Sojourner Truth-- An abolitionist preacher and an early advocate for women's rights.

Annie-- Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. If a woman sharpshooter doesn't sound badass, I don't know what does.

Georgia-- A famous American artist, Georgia O'Keeffe is most remembered for her desert scenes.

Lucille-- Remember the show I Love Lucy? That's not the only thing cool about Lucille Ball. She was the first women to own a film studio.

Ayn-- Whether you agree with her ideas or not, Ayn Rand was a brilliant writer and philosopher. I read the book "We The Living" in eleventh grade, and although it was depressing, it was fascinating.

Clara-- Clara Barton was the founder of the Red Cross.

Emmeline-- Mine and Bradley's current front runner for a girl name. Emmeline Pankhurst was a suffragette in England and fought for Women's rights until the day she died.

Indira-- Indira Gandhi was the first woman prime minister of India. (Not related to the Gandhi we all know, FYI)

Amelia-- After Ms. Earhart, who was the first woman to fly solo around the Atlantic Ocean.

Frida-- Frida Kahlo was a Mexican Artist in the twentieth century. I went to see an exhibit with her works in it, and it was really beautiful.

Maya-- As in Ms. Angelou, the late and great poet.

Eva-- I watched the musical Evita in eleventh grade, and I loved it. Eva Peron was an advocate for the poor and for women in her country, Argentina.

That's all I've got! Any others you can think of? Comment below. Hope you guys have a great week! :)

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