Lesya Ukrainka was a Ukrainian writer, feminist and political activist. Ukrainka is considered one of the most important figures in Ukrainian literature. As a writer she is most known for her poems and plays proclaiming freedom and independence for Ukraine.
Her real name was Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka, but she used the pseudonym Lesya Ukrainka because at the time, in the Russian Empire, Ukrainian language publications were forbidden. Ukrainka literally means Ukrainian woman in the Ukrainian language.
The correct pronunciation of Lesya Ukrainka is Leh-see-ya oo-krah-yin-kah.