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.
Named by her father for the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire, Voltairine de Claye was a spirited, anarchic feminist writer and orator. So if you’re looking for a name as close to unique as possible, a toss-up between this and Sophonisba.