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Women in History A-Z

Can you name these female historical figures, one for each letter of the English alphabet?
It is not suggested that these are the most important women starting with that letter.
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Last updated: March 13, 2021
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Letter
Hint
Answer
A
10th century ruler of Mercia, only female-to-female succession in Britain until the Tudors
Aethelflaed
B
Italian queen consort of Poland-Lithuania, her acquisition of land was a complaint in the Chicken War
Bona Sforza
C
Chinese pirate in the period of the Qing dynasty
Ching Shih
D
Spanish Republican, famous for the slogan ¡No Pasarán!
Dolores Ibárruri Gómez
E
Earliest known poet whose name is recorded
Enheduanna
F
British nurse in the Crimean War, 'Lady with the Lamp'
Florence Nightingale
G
Israeli prime minister, signatory of the declaration of independence
Golda Meir
H
Roman orator, argued for a reduction in tax on wealthy women
Hortensia
I
American journalist, influenced Standard Oil break-down
Ida Tarbell
J
French heroine of the Hundred Years' War
Jeanne d'Arc
K
Sumerian queen listed in the Sumerian King List
Kubaba
L
Renaissance Italy: first woman with science doctorate, salaried female lecturer
Laura Bassi
M
Founder of the Kalmar Union
Margrete
Letter
Hint
Answer
N
Queen in 18th dynasty Egypt, possibly herself a Pharaoh
Nefertiti
O
French playwright and pamphleteer, 'Three Urns'
Olympe de Gouges
P
Ancient Greek courtesan put on trial, possibly disrobed
Phryne
Q
Phrygian prophet in the Montanist movement. Shares a name with a poetic form
Quintilla
R
Marxist, killed in the Spartacist uprising of 1919
Rosa Luxembourg
S
Norwegian figure skater, holder of the most titles among women
Sonja Henie
T
Vietnamese sisters led rebellion against Han Chinese
Trưng Trắc
U
Queen of 12th century León
Urraca
V
Narodnaya Volya, co-planned assassination of Alexander II
Vera Figner
W
Zhou dynasty ruler
Wu Zetian
X
Nun 'Martha', mother of Mikhail, first Romanov tsar
Xenia Shestova
Y
Russian empress, couped husband, expanded borders
Yekaterina II
Z
Queen of Palmyra, fought against Rome, conquered Egypt
Zenobia of Palmyra
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Level 62
Jun 25, 2021
Wow, this was hard. And I thought my quizzes were hard!
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Level 59
Dec 16, 2021
I guess that, at least by writing this quiz, you've done your bit to make these women better known :-)
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Level 68
Feb 27, 2022
Interesting idea and I learned a lot! Maybe specify that it's by first name, since name quizzes usually go by last.
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Level 71
Feb 27, 2022
Cool quiz! But I would strongly recommend you reorganize this so that the answers are by last name. I don't want to be that person who tells you to completely redo a quiz, but last names are JetPunk standard. Most famous historical figures are known by their last name moreso than their first name, so it makes much more sense to have the list organized by last name. I don't think this should be much of a problem though since the people on here have last names starting with pretty unique letters (and of course, there's no need to change the people who only have a one word name!).
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Level 78
Feb 27, 2022
Good quiz, pretty embarrassed with my score of 4. Most Jetpunk quizzes accept the family name for East Asian people, could you accept Ching and Wu as answers?