Frida Kahlo is kind of a no-brainer. 1
The Mexican artist known for her many self-portraits is a constant source of inspiration for so many. She was 47 years old when she died in 1954, but as the years pass, her legacy only continues to grow. Putting together a Frida Kahlo costume for your or your daughter is pretty easy, since her crown of flowers and unibrow are so iconic and recognizable.
Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina to go to space. 2
In 1993, Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina to go to space. She was part of the space shuttle Discovery mission. You or your little one could dress up as an astronaut, or if you want to pay tribute to Ochoa, you could add a name tag to your costume with her name on it.
Or what about a rocket scientist? 3
Let's get our daughters excited about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A rocket scientist costume could be accessorized with a rocket. Maybe your daughter could dress as the rocket scientist, and you could go as a rocket.
Suffragettes fought to get the vote. 5
It's important to teach our children history so that history does not repeat itself. If it weren't for suffragettes in the United States fighting for women's right to vote, the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote would not have been ratified on August 18, 1920.
Rosie the Riveter helped recruit women into the workforce during World War II. 6
The American workforce was in dire need of workers during World War II because so many men were enlisted. Women were inspired and encouraged by images of Rosie the Riveter to take jobs that were previously not even open to them.
Adelitas fought in the Mexican Revolution. 7
Adelitas were soldaderas who fought alongside the men during the Mexican Revolution. Soldaderas existed before the Mexican Revolution, but their numbers swelled during the revolution.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress. 8
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, beat a 10-term incumbent in New York's 14th congressional district during the 2018 midterm primary election. She is a force to be reckoned with who is just getting started. To dress up like AOC for Halloween, get a white suit, hoop earrings, and red lipstick and walk with determination and purpose.
Dolores Huerta has spent her life being an activist and labor leader. 9
She cofounded what eventually became the United Farm Workers union along with Cesar Chavez. There is an iconic photo of her holding up a protest sign. To dress up like her for Halloween, you can make your own. Have it say "HUELGA" with a United Farm Workers eagle on it.
Gloria Steinem has spent her life fighting for women's rights. 11
She's a journalist, social activist, editor, and general tough lady who has been fighting for women's rights pretty much ever since she came out of the womb in 1934. To dress up like her, you could channel one of her iconic looks with the long hair, oversized sunglasses, low-slung jeans, and belt.
Joan of Arc led the French army to victory. 12
Joan of Arc had no military training when she somehow convinced Prince Charles of Valois, who later became King Charles VII, to let her lead the French army against the English at the city of Orléans. In 1431, she was burned at the stake when she was 19 years old after being tried for witchcraft and heresy.
Megan Rapinoe is more than an amazing soccer player. 13
She was the co-captain of the US women's national soccer team that won the Women's World Cup in France, and she uses her platform to be a social activist. To dress up like her, grab one of her jerseys and maybe a short-haired wig in a fun color.
Cleopatra wasn't just beautiful, she was an incredibly smart woman. 14
She spoke about a dozen languages and was highly educated. Born some time around 70 BC, she ruled Egypt as a coregent for close to three decades.
Laurie Hernandez is a two-time Olympic medalist. 15
As part of the 2016 US Olympic Gymnastics team, she won an individual silver medal and a team gold medal. Oh, and not for nothing, she also won Dancing With the Stars in 2016.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France. 16
She was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and is a symbol of freedom and democracy. Considering what is going on politically in this country, Lady Liberty is a great reminder of the ideals that we should strive to live up to.
Medusa was some kind of powerful! 18
In Greek mythology, Medusa is one of three monsters known as Gorgons. She was said to have snakes instead of hair and would turn anyone who looked at her face into stone. That's most definitely a powerful woman.
Paging Dr. (insert the name of your little girl here)! 19
Hopefully, we're at a point where everyone is aware that being a great doctor has nothing to do with your gender. Still, it can't hurt to reinforce the point.
Wonder Woman was a princess. 20
Before Wonder Woman was Wonder Woman, she was Princess Diana of Themyscira. But she was never the kind of princess who needed rescuing, and that's why we love her so much.