The word spitfire has several meanings. It originally meant someone with a fiery temper, who would “spit fire”.
The word took on derogatory connotations when men started using it to describe women who weren’t quiet and submissive. “She’s a spitfire” meant a girl or woman who was “prone to emotional outbursts” – similar to how the word “hysteria” was used to describe anything said or done by a woman that did not fit the patriarchal viewpoint.
If standing up and speaking out for the rights of women everywhere is being a spitfire, then we are proud to be called spitfires!
If objecting to the rights of women being trampled on makes us spitfires, we are proud to be called spitfires!
A Spitfire was also a single seat fighter plane used by the RAF during World War Two. The “Spitfire Girls” were British women who flew these aircraft, unarmed, to the front lines.
Are you a spitfire? If so, join us in standing up for the rights of women everywhere!