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Female Historical Figures

Name these famous women from history.
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First submittedMarch 13, 2013
Last updatedOctober 20, 2019
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Clue
Answer
First female PM of the UK
Margaret Thatcher
German Chancellor
Angela Merkel
Tudor queen who ruled
England for 54 years
Queen Elizabeth
Radiation researcher
Marie Curie
"Great" empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
Wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Harriet Beecher Stowe
French martyr of
the Hundred Year's War
Joan of Arc
Opened the first
birth control clinic in the US
Margaret Sanger
Israeli Prime Minister
Golda Meir
Refused to give up her
bus seat in Alabama
Rosa Parks
Clue
Answer
The last pharaoh of ancient Egypt
Cleopatra
Ruled the British Empire in
the 19th century
Queen Victoria
We love this 1950s TV comedienne
Lucille Ball
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
Four-term Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
Wrote "The Feminine Mystique"
Betty Friedan
Won a battle of the sexes in tennis
Billie Jean King
Queen whose marriage to
Ferdinand united Spain
Isabella
Escaped slave who returned
13 times to free 70 more people
Harriet Tubman
First woman to fly solo
across the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart
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level 20
May 21, 2013
I thought about putting Lucille Ball but didn't think I Love Lucy was that old of a show. 9/20. I did pretty bad. =(
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level 77
May 21, 2013
I know Cleopatra is much more famous, but it's sad to see her recognized on a quiz about important women before Hatshepsut, who actually accomplished a lot during her reign as pharoah, came earlier, and ultimately is a better role model as well.
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level 61
May 21, 2013
Is it really sad, though?
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level 77
Jan 2, 2014
a little bit. I wasn't in tears or anything.
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level 32
May 21, 2013
Funny I tried Hatshepsut before Cleopatra (and even before her Nofretete :))
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level 55
Sep 6, 2015
I almost didn't try Cleopatra because I don't think of her as being a pharaoh of ancient Egypt. But I suppose she was...she called herself such, anyway. However, I wouldn't really know the names of the female pharaohs who were actually Egyptian (and in ancient times). I should learn more about them.
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level 62
Jan 30, 2016
There really weren't any. Egypt didn't allow female rulers. Hatshepsut did some serious political manoeuvring to get that title, and as far as I know she was the only one until Cleopatra. At least, that's what our tour guide told us when we visited her temple. (Hatshepsut, I mean)
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level 38
Mar 8, 2018
Nevertheless, Cleopatra was the LAST female Pharaoh of Egypt.
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level 77
Oct 13, 2018
yep. She ran that whole enterprise straight into the ground.
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level 67
May 21, 2013
So, it turns out Billie Jean King is not Babe Zaharias.
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level 66
Aug 19, 2014
Kind of surprised Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn't make the quiz. Have to limit it, though, I suppose.
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level 65
Sep 7, 2015
Could you accept Isabel for Isabella?
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level ∞
Oct 17, 2019
Okay
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level 65
Sep 10, 2015
Please accept "Sklodowska" for Marie Curie. She never gave up her maiden name
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level 68
Sep 20, 2015
You are showing off! Anyone who knows the maiden name knows that the quiz was prompting "Curie".
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level 77
Oct 20, 2019
Of course, everyone will answer Curie, but that doesn't mean Skłodowska should not be accepted!
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level 72
Jan 20, 2017
Seriously, Sanger over Susan B. Anthony or any number of other non-racist and non-eugenicist figures? An unfortunate decision.
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level ∞
Oct 17, 2019
I don't believe in scrubbing history of its unsavory parts. That said, I don't believe Margaret Sanger was racist and I feel like this accusation is very uncharitable.
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level 51
Oct 20, 2019
You don't believe Margret Sanger was a racist? She was a racist. That's a fact. She was literally racist, she hated minorities and wanted to kill them.
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level 57
Oct 21, 2019
+1 haggy999
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level 64
Oct 20, 2019
She was, at best, a eugenicist with very questionable views of "unfit" members of society, including "slavs, Hebrews, Latins," and "the Negro." Some of her writings are pretty disturbing. I agree with quizmaster though, you can't scrub history. Many women on this list aren't exactly angels.
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level 59
Aug 21, 2017
one should really allow Elisabeth too.
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level 44
Oct 13, 2018
Or you could learn how to properly spell her name
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level 61
Oct 20, 2019
Like how in english almost all names are anglicized from its original?...

and yes other language do that to, but that doesnt discredit the argument, it only adds to it.

The original form of elizabeth is actually elisheva (hebrew). All other names are derivations. (but yes that is not the name the queen was given at birth)

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level 68
Oct 13, 2018
I kinda was expecting Florence Nightingale on here, too.
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level 57
Oct 13, 2018
Theresa May is now the Prime Minister... Should the clue be changed? Angela Merkel is still the German Chancellor and she is on here so Theresa May is an equally valid answer for the first question.
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level 50
Oct 13, 2018
Yes - either remove other current day women or accept May as an answer please.
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level 27
Oct 13, 2018
I tried May first, but after it didn't work, I went with Thatcher. Having said so, though, I agree it probably should be reworded to eliminate May--maybe *first* female PM or "groundbreaking" if first is too obvious?
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level 69
Jul 3, 2019
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level ∞
Oct 17, 2019
Changed the clue.
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level 34
Oct 20, 2019
No, Theresa May resigned in June. It is now Boris Johnson.
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level 67
Oct 12, 2019
Is Angela Merkel really a historical figure? She's still alive!
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level 79
Oct 20, 2019
Is being dead a prerequisite for qualifying as a historical figure? Billie Jean King's still alive, too.
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level 77
Oct 20, 2019
Even yesterday is already part of history...
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level 61
Oct 21, 2019
Angela Merkel is probably the most powerful woman alive. Some leaders do not rate historically, but I think she will when history looks back on this era.
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level 75
Oct 20, 2019
Mary was also a Tudor Queen of England, directly before Elizabeth.
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level ∞
Oct 20, 2019
Updated the quiz.
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level 65
Oct 20, 2019
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level 46
Oct 20, 2019
Please accept "Sklodowska" and "Sklodowska-Curie" as well. To call her - against her will! - only by her husband's name is a kinda sexist Western European tradition, since it is a passive-aggressive acknowledgement that a woman is not capable to do things on her own. In this particular case, it dilutes the tremendous amount of work she has done and it puts her in the shade of her husband.
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level 79
Oct 20, 2019
No, you only CHOOSE to think of it that way. It's that kind of wacko, hyper-sensitive, ultra political correctness that got Trump elected. Keep it up, and you'll win him a second term.
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level 61
Oct 21, 2019
So very tired of this simplistic and wrongheaded allegation about how he got elected.
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level 67
Oct 22, 2019
Can't even have a quiz about famous historical women without somebody injecting Trump into the mix.
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level 79
Oct 22, 2019
The Trump part was over simplistic...and meant as a joke. Sorry if you missed it. But the point remains that many people are tired of the hypersensitive, victim attitude exemplified by skatael and that being offended, especially when no offense was intended, is a choice.
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level 60
Oct 22, 2019
she should be happy he allowed her in the lab....
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level 73
Oct 20, 2019
Shouldn't Beecher alone be accepted for Uncle Tom's Cabin? Asking for a friend.