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Names of Incredible Women

Incredible women in U.S. history are the inspiration for this collection of names for girls. A tribute to strong women, here are some of the beautiful names we found when exploring the lives of female American heroes.


Maya

Marguerite Annie Angelou known as Maya was a famous poet, writer and civil rights activist.


Josephine

Freda Josephine McDonald, known as Josephine Baker was an American-born French singer, dancer and the first black woman to appear in a major motion picture.

Gloria 

Gloria Marie Steinem is a political and social activist, distinguished authors and leader of the feminist movement in the late 1960's.

Rosa

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks is perhaps best known for her involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was an inspiring civil rights activist.

Cora

Cora Mae Brown worked for and supported her community through the Great Depression in Detroit, going on to serve as the first female African-American in the state senate of Michigan.

Hattie

Hattie Elizabeth Alexander was an American pediatrician known for her work in microbiology as one of the first to study antibiotic resistance.

Vivian

Vivian Gordon Harsh worked as the first African-American librarian in the the Chicago Public Libraries. She recognized the need for library services on the cities south side.


Coretta

Coretta Scott King was a leader in the 1960's Civil Rights Movement. She was an activist, author and singer who often integrated music into her civil rights work. She was the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.


Zora

Zora Neale Hurston was an accomplished author, depicting the racial struggles in the South.   While living in New York she was influential during the Harlem Renaissance. 


You can explore the entire collection in this video.

Tell us.... what beautiful names would you add to this list, and which female American hero is an inspiration to you?



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