Women’s History Month Names: Movers and shakers with off-the-grid names

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.


Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge—a descendent of Patrick Henry who had a mother named Issa and siblings called Desha and Curry—was a lawyer and social worker who was a tireless advocate for social reform, prominent in the National Woman Suffrage Association. Her name would be a long and difficult route to the nickname Soph.

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