Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day! Started as a political celebration within the Socialist Part in the early 20th century, the day has since grown to a worldwide celebration of women and gender equality. The UN designated it an official holiday in 1977.
Below, I've listed some of the names of women who started the holiday. Tell me if I missed anyone in the comments!
Luise Zietz - German Socialist politician
The proposer of Women's Day, Luise Zietz sought to bring further attention to women's suffrage through the new holiday. Socialists around Europe immediately promoted this idea, and the proposal was passed at the Second International Conference of Socialist Women in 1910.
Luise is the German feminine variant of Louis, meaning "renowned warrior".
Clara Zetkin - German Marxist activist
The chairwoman of the Second International Conference of Socialist Women, Clara Zetkin was a German Socialist activist, writer, and leader. Focusing on class and equality, she sought radical change to improve the lives of all women.
Clara comes from Latin for "bright" or "clear", and currently stands at #108 in the US.
Alexandra Kollontai - Russian Bolshevik politician
A Russian radical, Alexandra Kollontai later became the highest ranking female official in Lenin's government. Like Zetkin, she emphasized the relationship between wealth, class, and gender, and believed in the power of the people.
Alexandra is the Greek feminine name for "defender of men", and stands at #92 in the US.
Female names that mean "strength":
Female names that mean "power":
Tell me your favorites in the comments!