March is Women's History Month and while we love keeping up with celebrity baby names or royal baby news, we also think it's important to highlight women who've changed the course of history. Who knows, maybe your little bebé will grow up to be an activist or trailblazer as well!
For a historic influence, consider naming your daughter after feminists Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Pauli Murray or Muriel Fox, all founders of the National Organization for Women. Or after Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who started the National Woman Suffrage Association.
There are also plenty of women who became firsts in their field, like Sally Ride, for example, who was the first American woman to go to space, or Mae Jemison, who was the first Black woman to go to space. The first woman to win a Nobel Prize was Marie Curie. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings were the first women to earn Team USA a gold medal in beach volleyball.
From Maya Angelou to Amelia Earheart, there are so many positive female role models.
Here is our comprehensive list of baby names inspired by Women's History Month.
Activists and Leaders
The list doesn't fall short when it comes to activists for your little one to look up to, which is something to celebrate! Consider giving your daughter the same namesake as Ruby Bridges, Ida B. Wells, Yuri Kochiyama, Dolores Huerta, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai or Greta Thunberg.
Other powerful female leaders include Michelle Obama, Susan B. Anthony, Kamala Harris, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Encourage your darling girl to be a captivating storyteller like Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Brontë, Virginia Woolf or Louisa May Alcott or a revolutionary poet like Amanda Gorman.
There are so many strong-willed female athletes who've fought endlessly to see change in their industry. Consider naming your baby after Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Nadia Comaneci, Danica Patrick, Mia Hamm, Ronda Rousey or Sarah Thomas, who is the first woman to referee the Super Bowl.
If anyone is familiar with the saying "it's a man's world," it's these trailblazers. Singers Jennifer Nettles and Dolly Parton have continuously advocated for more female representation in country music. The first female artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was music legend Aretha Franklin.
Most recently, Chloé Zhao took home a Golden Globe for best director of a motion picture, making her the first Asian woman to do so. In 2019, Sandra Oh was announced a co-host for the Golden Globes—the first time a woman of Asian descent was awarded this honor.
Jane Fonda was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her record-breaking career in Hollywood and activism off-screen.
Hattie McDaniel is an important woman in history as she was the first Black actress to win an Oscar.
Whoopi Goldberg, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katharine Hepburn, Halle Berry, and Lucille Ball have all made history in Hollywood as well. Viola Davis is the first Black woman to win a lead actress category at the Emmys.
Pilot Amelia Earhart, nurse Florence Nightingale, painter Frida Kahlo, Red Cross founder Clara Barton, computer programmer Ada Lovelace and designer Coco Chanel are all excellent choices for inspiration.