Take another quiz >

Influential Women in History

Some of the most influential women in history, including a few more challenging ones
Quiz by Lilylee
Rate:
Last updated: August 15, 2016
First submittedAugust 13, 2016
Times taken11,446
Rating4.32
6:00
Enter answer here
0
 / 25 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
 
Answer
"The Virgin Queen" of England
Elizabeth I
First deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree
Helen Keller
Founder of modern nursing
Florence Nightingale
French fashion designer who liberated women from the "corseted silhouette"
Coco Chanel
Child actress who later in her life worked as a United States Ambassador
Shirley Temple
The second longest reigning British monarch
Queen Victoria
Last active pharaoh of the Ptolemaic Egypt
Cleopatra
Aviation pioneer who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart
Diarist who is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
Actress who later became the Princess of Monaco
Grace Kelly
Celtic queen who lead an uprising against the Roman Emipre
Boudica
Empress who revitalized Russia under her reign, making it one of Europe's great powers
Catherine the Great
Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata
Mother Teresa
Austrian-born Queen of France who met her end by guillotine in 1793
Marie Antoinette
She was awarded the title of "Spiritual Leader of the Nation" by the Argentine Congress
Eva Peron
Actress who won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award. Later on, she won
the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Audrey Hepburn
Spanish queen who reorganized the governmental system, lowered the crime rate,
and supported the financing of Christopher Columbus' voyage in 1492
Isabella I of Castile
"Lovable" actress who was the first woman to run a major television studio
Lucille Ball
An actress and an inventor who came up with the frequency hopping technology
which is the basis for GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.
Hedy Lamarr
Widely regarded as the first computer programmer
Ada Lovelace
"The Maid of Orléans"
Joan of Arc
Chinese first lady who rallied her people against the Japanese invasion and
conducted a 1942 speaking tour of the United States
Soong Mei-Ling
First woman to have flown in space
Valentina Tereshkova
First woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win it twice
Marie Curie
Powerful Byzantine empress 527-548
Theodora
+1
level 75
Aug 13, 2016
Good work. Here's my Women who Changed the World quiz. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/42254/women-who-changed-the-world
+1
level 82
Aug 13, 2016
I knew about Hedy, but couldn't remember her name. A shame. I think there was a movie (or at least a documentary) about it all.
+3
level 60
Feb 6, 2017
It's Hedley!
+3
level 76
Nov 29, 2018
Though I wouldn't call Blazing Saddles a documentary. :)
+1
level 66
Aug 13, 2016
Thank you QM for the beautiful editing!
+1
level ∞
Aug 14, 2016
Thanks! I didn't do much except for make things shorter.
+1
level 83
Aug 15, 2016
Pleasantly challenging. Could you consider accepting Evita, and some leniency on Florence's last name (like Nightengale), had to look up how to spell it.
+1
level 66
Aug 15, 2016
Looks like Quizmaster has has edited the quiz quite a bit so I'm afraid to touch it anymore. I'm sure I had Evita there though, it's so obvious.
+1
level ∞
Aug 15, 2016
Evita and Nightengale will work now. Feel free to make any edits you want @Lilylee.
+1
level 70
Sep 5, 2016
Yep, this was a great quiz. Missed 5, but proud I got the statistically most difficult one, Valentina Tereshkova. Don't know why her name has always stuck with me.
+1
level 45
Sep 5, 2016
Argh, I'd heard of Hedy Lamar and her inventionh of frequency-hopping, but I could NOT remember her name! Got most of the others though.
+1
level 62
Sep 5, 2016
I know her wiki page lists her as Ada Lovelace, but that wasn't her name. She was born Ada Byron and later married William King. So her name was Ada King. Later, William King became the Earl of Lovelace, making their titles the Earl and Countess of Lovelace, called Lord and Lady Lovelace, but that was just a title. The surname of the family does not change with the acquisition of a title. That would be like saying that Mr Obama's last name is United States of America. Common usage lets her be Ada Lovelace, but please accept Ada King or Ada Byron because at least the kids that went to school with me remember her as Ada Byron.
+1
level 73
Oct 23, 2019
I thought her name was Linda.
+1
level 50
Sep 5, 2016
Could you accept Boudika please
+1
level 77
Sep 5, 2016
Excellent quiz. Some suggestions for a sequel:

Sanger (often doesn't get the recognition she deserves, i.e. with Pincus showing up on the important people in history quiz while she got snubbed), Hatshepsut (so much more important than Cleopatra), CiXi, Tubman, Parks, Bhutto, Gandhi, Thatcher, Clinton, Merkel, Potter, Austen, Nefertiti, Aisha (wife of Muhammad), Fatima, Khadija, Helena (mother of Constantine), Norsigian, Pocahontas, Sacajewea, Marcos, Rowling, Madonna, etc.
+1
level 66
Sep 5, 2016
Glad you liked it. I tried to choose a healthy mix of almost giveaways and then some harder ones. I was thinking of Hatshepshut but chose the more obvious Cleopatra. Parks I didn't dare to include because of Claudette Colvin. Also I wanted to go a bit further in history so I didn't include any women of today, but there will be a sequel for sure.
+2
level 76
Sep 8, 2016
Margaret Mead would be another good addition.
+1
level 65
Sep 5, 2016
Ekhem, the correct name is Maria Skłodowska-Curie. She never renounced her maiden name (check the Nobel Prize diploma: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dyplom_Sklodowska-Curie.jpg )
+1
level 77
Sep 5, 2016
Of those currently under 20% I only got Theodora. *Really* interesting character. Worth knowing about. I saw Tereshkova's pictures while visiting the Space Museum in Moscow recently but couldn't recall her name.
+1
level 66
Jul 10, 2019
Kal, you should probably read up on Meiling too. She was quite powerful (especially compared to other First Ladies of the time) and is one of the few republican leaders to be held in high regard in both China and Taiwan.
+3
level 66
Sep 5, 2016
Thank you Civilization!
+1
level 66
Sep 5, 2016
Why is Black not accepted for Shirley Temple? Her legal name was Shirley Temple Black
+1
level 73
Sep 5, 2016
Agreed. Black needs to be acceptable as well.
+1
level 76
Sep 8, 2016
+1. I tried Black first, but Temple was the next obvious choice.
+1
level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Really? She's known more to you as Mrs. Black than Shirley Temple? Bull.
+1
level 77
Sep 26, 2019
You know what they say. Once you go Black, you stop using your maiden name.
+2
level 62
Sep 5, 2016
Sequel idea for this quiz: Influential Men in History
+1
level 47
Sep 5, 2016
I'm surprised Anne Boleyn never makes the most influential woman type lists.
+1
level 66
Jul 10, 2019
Just curious; why should she?
+2
level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Why should a lot of these? Some did have a great influence. Others are just first female human to do something that had already been done. Not much accomplishment in that.
+1
level 25
Sep 6, 2016
I was all set to type "Antoinette" but it went as soon as I typed "Marie"! Good quiz!
+1
level 63
Sep 6, 2016
Small typo: "Roman Emipre" Great quiz!
+1
level 66
Sep 6, 2016
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. One should remember that Mother Teresa's was real name was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Catherine the Great was born Sophie Friederike Auguste and was also known as Yekaterina Velikaya, Yekaterina Alekseyevna and Catherine II. Marie Antoinette was born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen. Cleopatra was officially Cleopatra VII Philopator. Audrey Hepburn was actually Hepburn-Ruston and Eva Peron was María Eva Duarte de Perón.
+1
level 44
Sep 7, 2016
Didn't do as great as I thought I would... buuut I HAD thought of Isabella I, I just couldn't remember her name
+1
level 49
Sep 7, 2016
You can update her to "Saint Teresa" now.
+1
level 63
Sep 9, 2016
She's commonly known as "Mother Teresa", so she should either be down as that or by her real name. She's only a saint to anyone who recognises the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
+2
level 63
Sep 9, 2016
Never heard of the Chinese woman (and statistics show that not many others have either), but I'm surprised more people haven't got it like I did: guessing a random common Chinese surname - Chang - which counts for some reason.
+2
level 66
Sep 9, 2016
It should be Chiang as in Madame Chiang or Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, but seems Quizmaster has edited this quiz a little to also allow Chang.
+1
level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Yeah, it makes no sense. She was famous in her time as Madame Chang, not whatever that other previous life name is.
+1
level 49
Sep 9, 2016
Two things help me remember Hedy Lamar: 1) Blazing Saddles, of course, and 2) she actually babysat a friend of mine 40 years ago.
+1
level 73
Oct 23, 2019
I pray he called her Hedley.
+1
level 37
Nov 7, 2016
Great quiz but where's Maria Theresa, she made Asutria a huge Nation and she invented School!
+1
level 66
Jul 10, 2019
The commonly accepted misspelling of Mother Teresa would make her a freebie. I agree that she’s the more important one though.
+1
level 57
Jan 18, 2017
got 20
+1
level 59
Feb 6, 2017
Great quiz, but where is Bette Nesmith Graham - inventor of Liquid Paper? (and mother of Monkee Michael Nesmith)
+2
level 43
Aug 1, 2017
Man Ada Lovelace was awesome. Doesn't get nearly enough accolades. And she was Lord Byron's daughter. There you go.
+1
level 59
Aug 26, 2017
Tereschkova not allowed ? just trying. Very difficult if your first language is not English
+1
level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Then learn the English version. You're conversing in English. When I take German, Spanish and French quizzes and can't remember or know their equivalent I go away having learned how to communicate better, not wallow in deliberate misunderstanding.
+1
level 62
Sep 3, 2019
Bah some near misses isobella, and katharina... perhaps as type-ins? (could be katarina or katherine aswell what I tried, starting with K anyway)
Similar Quizzes by Tag