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.


Across the Atlantic, England had its own band of suffragettes. Christabel Pankhurst, daughter of leading activist Emmeline, was a co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, for a time directing its militant actions from exile in France. She was named after the Coleridge poem “Christabel” (“the lovely lady Christabel/Whom her father loves so well”). This is one of the old ‘bel’ names currently on the cusp of revival.

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