The first woman to fly a plane solo across the Atlantic is no small act to follow, and although it was an impressive physical feat, what she did for feminism is even more impressive. “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
A woman who had nothing and no one to her name, but her pen and her child to look after, Joanne Rowling is truly an inspiration to us all! The Harry Potter creator has stated that the first novel, The Philosopher’s Stone was rejected 12 times and that she was told ‘not to quit her day job’. She is living proof that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, and we love that namesake for our daughters.
M&I Loves: Jo or Josie as variations on this name!
Famous for her part in abolishing discrimination against people of colour in the United States, Rosa Parks sat in the ‘white’ section of a public bus and refused to move. Her strong but gentle protest highlighted the blatant unfairness, and discrimination of the apartheid system and was one of the kickstarters of the movement that abolished it.
Billie Jean King
Far from the cries of ‘she’s not my lover’ a la Michael Jackson, Billie Jean King is one of the greatest tennis players of the twentieth century, winning a total of 32 Grandslams in her career. Not only that but when she heard that co-athlete Bobby Riggs stated that ‘men were superior athletes’, she went up against him head to head in the Battle of the Sexes. She beat him by the way.
Who wasn’t awe-inspired at Michelle Obama’s speech for Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign? Her simple mantra of “when they go low, we go high” is enough to give us chills and inspiration for the years to come (when we may shatter that glass ceiling yet!). Why not name your daughter after this magnificent, smart and compassionate women.
A leader of the suffrage movement, what better namesake to give your daughter than one who campaigned for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today?
M&I Loves: Millie or Milly as a cute nickname.