A historic first name for your baby? What a good idea! Magicmaman offers you a selection of 10 first names worn by women who have marked history. Who knows, maybe giving your future granddaughter’s first name to a great lady will make her a celebrity?
Want to give your daughter an emblematic first name that resonates with French history, feminist struggle, the seventh art or song? Here is a quick overview of the great ladies who have marked our collective imagination over the centuries. It’s your turn!
Historical figure of feminism, Clara Zetkin (1857-1933), of German origin, fought many times to defend the living conditions of women in Germany. It is to her that we owe the creation in 1910 of International Women’s Rights Day, celebrated each year on March 8.
With an exceptional sense of communication and observation, the little Clara girls like to please and have an attentive audience.
An emblematic figure of the labor movement in the 19th century, Louise Michel (1830-1905) stood out for her strong militant actions. She did not hesitate to raise her voice against the bourgeois state and despite her numerous condemnations (prison, exile) she always fought for her ideals.
Discreet and rigorous, the little Louise’s are distinguished by their intense investments in what they undertake.
Among the many causes defended by Françoise Giroud (1916-2003), one finds especially, that of the women. Appointed in 1974 Secretary of State for the Status of Women, she undertook numerous measures concerning discrimination against women. She also campaigned for the opening of so-called “men’s” jobs to women.
The small Françoise has a soft and calm character. Reserved in nature, they know how to protect themselves from possible daily emotional injuries.
First, there is Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). Through her thought and her writings, she did not hesitate to denounce realities concerning the conditions of women (The second sex, Manifesto of 343). And then, of course, Simone Veil (1927-2017) who was not only the first woman to preside over the European Parliament but above all, it was she who had the Veil law adopted in 1975 which legalized abortion in France.
Small Simones have exceptional adaptability. Warm, welcoming, they are very surrounded.
Considered one of the first French feminists, Olympe de Gouges (1748-1793) is none other than the author of the Declaration of the Rights of Women and of the Citizen, in which she advocates the emancipation of women in justifying it by gender equality.
The small Olympes are distinguished by a strong character. Dynamic and independent, they like challenges and stop at nothing.
She has devoted more than half of her life to others; Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was a model of generosity and kindness who devoted herself entirely to helping the poor. She founded the Missionaries of Charity religious congregation, present in more than 100 countries. In 2003, she was even beatified by Pope John Paul II.
Empathy is the most pronounced trait in little Teresa girls. Sentimental, they will be guided by their heart and perhaps less by their reason.
Sick at the age of 19 months, Helen Keller (1880-1968) remained deaf and blind all her life. With the help of her educator, she learned to read, write and even succeeded in obtaining a university degree. She defended various causes such as contraception, the right to vote for women … She founded in 1915 one of the first NGOs in the world dedicated to the fight against blindness and hunger. His most famous book: Deaf, mute and blind.
Sensitive, sentimental and Idealist, this is how, in three words, we could define the little Helen. They hate any stress or conflict.
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) was appointed Prime Minister and will head the world’s largest democracy for two terms. Mandates during which she fought to make India a secular democracy.
The small Indira is distinguished by an assertive character. They are independent, energetic and voluntary.
True sex symbol of his time, for Marylin Monroe (1926-1962), all means are good to make yourself known. She did not hesitate to pose nude for a calendar in 1952. Which earned her the first scandal. Despite criticism, almost 50 years after her death, Marylin is still making much talk of her and still embodies one of the most popular female icons in the world.
Thoughtful and determined, the little Marylin’s do not act on a whim. On the contrary, they take the time to plan and organize everything in due time.
Mary Quant (1934), a famous British designer, gradually shortened the skirts she created. His explanation: a short skirt is more practical for running after the bus, for example. The miniskirt, whose name was inspired by his favorite car, the Mini, became a reference in fashion in the 60s. Even today, the miniskirt represents a symbol of women’s liberation.
Little Marys are reliable and trustworthy. Discreet, gentle and reserved, they remain demanding with themselves.