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Female Historical Figures

Name these famous women from history.
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First submittedMarch 13, 2013
Last updatedAugust 19, 2015
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Clue
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British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
German Chancellor
Angela Merkel
Radiation researcher
Marie Curie
“Great" empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
Wrote "The Feminine Mystique"
Betty Friedan
Wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Defeated the Spanish Armada
Queen Elizabeth
French martyr of
the Hundred Year's War
Joan of Arc
Opened the first
birth control clinic in the US
Margaret Sanger
Refused to give up her
bus seat in Alabama
Rosa Parks
Clue
Answer
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto
Israeli Prime Minister
Golda Meir
The last pharaoh of ancient Egypt
Cleopatra
19th century Queen of England
Queen Victoria
We love this 1950's TV comedienne
Lucille Ball
Four-term Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
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 21
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 76
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 58
May 21, 2013
Is it really sad, though?
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level 76
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 61
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 76
Oct 13, 2018
yep. She ran that whole enterprise straight into the ground.
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level 56
May 21, 2013
Victoria was not Queen of England. She was Queen of the United Kingdom/Empress of India. There is a difference; the last Queen of England was Queen Anne in 1707.
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level 32
May 21, 2013
It's a good job you pointed that out, I imagine lots of people will be positively furious about this question!
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level 61
Sep 6, 2015
This is correct. Anne was the 18th-century Queen of England. It's incorrect to refer to Victoria or Elizabeth II as the Queen of England. The title doesn't exist any more. Even if the Quizmaster wants to remain inaccurate, there were still two Queens of Great Britain in the 18th century, so the question is ambiguous.
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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 40
May 24, 2013
Great mix of historical figures... though I don't think it's accurate to say that Elizabeth defeated the Spanish Armada. She never left her palace. Drake and Howard led the victorious British fleet. Perhaps a rewording?!
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level 76
Jan 2, 2014
Heads of state are often given credit for things they really didn't do. Such as saying that Reagan defeated Communism, Lincoln defeated the Confederacy, or Qin Shi Huang built the Great Wall of China. I daresay that the latter did not lay a single brick with his own hands. Still, it's common historical shorthand.
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level 76
Sep 6, 2015
shrug
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level 54
Feb 26, 2016
But they can play more or less a role; Reagan defeated communism and Elizabeth defeated the Spanish Armada are stupid, because their personal contribution was not much. I mean, the Spanish were harassed by English, then they just got blown away, and that was that. On the other hand, Lincoln played a considerable role in pushing the USA to victory against the USA, and Qin Shihuang (IIRC) was a significant proponent of the wall.
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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 81
Oct 20, 2014
Kinda weird to say that Queen Elizabeth defeated the Armada. It's not like she was aboard a ship directing the battle? -- Also annoyed I knew Harriet Beecher Stowe, just remembered the order of the names wrong, so tried Beecher several times first, Harriet Beecher, Harriet Stove Beecher... Duh.
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level 66
Sep 7, 2015
Could you accept Isabel for Isabella?
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level 50
Sep 7, 2015
I see you still haven't corrected 'Queen of England'. Have you any idea how much flack we English get from the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish if we say England when we should say Great Britain or UK?
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level 54
Feb 26, 2016
This is true; Queen of England wasn't even one of her official titles
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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 71
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 58
Aug 21, 2017
one should really allow Elisabeth too.
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level 43
Oct 13, 2018
Or you could learn how to properly spell her name
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level 67
Oct 13, 2018
I kinda was expecting Florence Nightingale on here, too.
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level 56
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 68
Jul 3, 2019
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