The minute you find out whether you are going to have a baby boy or girl is arguably one of the more special moments in a parent's life. Some moms and dads can't stand the wait and want to know the gender at the earliest ultrasound visit possible and others opt to go the surprise route and learn their baby's gender during delivery. Regardless of how or when you find out, if you learn you are having a daughter, you might want to consider baby girl names inspired by current female leaders to give her a meaningful moniker, full of potential and significance.
From breaking barriers in the world of politics and activism to pioneering cultural change and challenging gender-based stereotypes, today's female leaders are nothing short of extraoridnary. With so many options, why wouldn't anyone want to give their baby girl a name inspired by such heroic women? Moreover, as your daughter grows up, she can take pride in knowing that her name has a powerful background.
So if you're expecting, stuck on names, or just want to daydream about the possibilities for your future daughter, check out these baby girl names inspired by current female leaders that are perfect for your tiny trailblazer.
Michelle Obama has made waves as a First Lady who is not afraid to speak her mind. She has pioneered several amazing programs such as Let's Move, Give Me Five, and Let Girls Learn. An inspiring name choice, Michelle means "close to God" in Hebrew.
Malala Yousafzai is a well-known Pakastani activist who fights for women's rights and education in her country after being the vicitm of violence from the Taliban, according to her site.. She also made history as the world's youngest Nobel Prize laureate at the age of 17, which she was awarded for her work for children's education. Although Malala translates to "sad, grieved" in Pashto, it's also symbolic of a female Pashtun warrior from the 1800s.
Though Amy Poehler is mostly known for her great comedic timing and amazing chemistry with Tina Fey, she's also the co-founder of Amy's Smart Girls which encourages girls to pursue any path regardless of stereotypes or expectations. Poehler is a lovable lady and so is her name, since Amy means "beloved" in French.
Hillary Clinton made history as America's first woman to receive the nomination to be president this year, according to The New York Times. Whether she wins or not, her achievements won't soon be forgotten. Derived from the Latin word "hilaris," Hillary means "cheerful," and I'm sure any woman would be happy to be the first presidential nominee in the United States.
Environmentalist and activist Dr. Jill Stein, has many achievements to her name. One of the more notable ones being when Stein spearheaded, "the 'Secure Green Future' ballot initiative to move subsidies from fossil fuels to renewable energy and to create green jobs," which successfully passed in 2008, according to her official site. A lovely choice, Jill means "sweetheart" in Old English.
Elizabeth Warren became Massachusetts' first female U.S. senator in 2012, according to her official site. She has had an abundance of political accomplishments, which is fitting since Elizabeth means "my God is abundance" in Hebrew.
Named the Person of the Year in TIME's 2015 issue, German chancellor Angela Merkel has challenged prejudice in her country. Not only has Merkel fought against anti-Semitism, but she has also led the movement of empathy towards refugees and people of Islamic faith. Living up to her name's meaning with a heavenly heart, Angela comes from Latin word for "angel."
Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir became the world's first openly gay prime minister when she took the role in Iceland in 2009. Offering hope and inspiration to LGBT youth in her home country and abroad, she is truly an iconic leader. Jóhanna comes from the Germanic word for "God is gracious."
In 2010, Victoria Kolakowski became America's first openly transgender judge, according to The Huffington Post. Kolakowski has paved the way for transgender individuals both in the public eye and as a judicial leader. Her win was quite the victory for the LGBT community and rightfully so, given that Victoria comes from the Latin word for "victory."
Mazie Keiko Hirono is the first Asian-American, Japanese-born U.S. senator and was Hawaii's first female nominee to the U.S. Senate, according to her website. With plenty of firsts to her name and many pearls of wisdom to be passed down to women of color, it's fitting that Mazie means "pearl," and your little one arguably will be just as precious as one, too.