For Women’s History Month, we honor some of the army of activist heroes who have fought the struggle for women’s rights over the years. Rather than focusing on the more familiar names, from Susan B. Anthony to Gloria Steinem, we look to some lesser-known (with a couple of exceptions) American and British champions of gender equality. And of course, Nameberry being Nameberry, we’ve picked the ones with the most distinctive names.
A lawyer, freethinker, and birth control advocate, Marilla Ricker brought attention to gender equality by attempting to vote every year, to run for governor, and to apply for a foreign ambassadorship. Marilla, a forgotten diminutive of Mary and Amaryllis, was last seen in the Anne of Green Gables novels.