40 Famous Women (That Everyone Should Know)

According to me.
with help from oceanblue
Quiz by relessness
Last updated: April 23, 2014
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The last Pharaoh
Best selling female musician
First woman to see the resurrected Jesus
Mary Magdalene
Burnt at the stake by the English
Joan of Arc
The Seven Year Itch actress
Marilyn Monroe
Albanian missionary in Kolkata
Mother Teresa
Hid in an annex from the Nazis
Anne Frank
First female Nobel prize winner
Marie Curie
Former Secatary of State and first Lady for the US
Hilary Clinton
Wrote Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen
Released from house arrest in Burma in 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi
Nurse in the Crimean War
Florence Nightingale
Leader of the British sugragettes
Emily Pankhurst
First female pilot to fly the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart
Divorcee who married Edward VIII
Wallis Simpson
The Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher
Actress in The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep
Burnt down London in 60AD
Died in a car crash in Paris
Princess Diana
Current marathon record holder
Paula Radcliffe
Wrote Little Women
Louisa Mary Alcott
Hannah Montana
Miley Cyrus
First woman to head the IMF
Christine Lagarde
German Chancellor
Angela Merkel
Actress who played the Queen
Helen Mirren
Schoolgirl shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai
Wore meat to an awards ceremony
Lady Gaga
'Let them eat cake'
Marie Antoinette
Refused to give up her bus seat
Rosa Parks
Jamaican nurse in the Crimean War
Mary Seacole
American suffragette
Jane Addams
First deafblind person with a degree
Helen Keller
Australian PM who beat and lost to Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
First female chairman of the Fed
Janet Yellen
Signature scent was No.5
Coco Chanel
Greek poet
Harry Potter author
J.K. Rowling
Her photo helped develop a chemical model.of DNA
Rosalind Franklin
English Queen who beat the Spanish Armada
Queen Elizabeth I
Had a double mastectomy in 2013
Angelina Jolie
Level 84
Jan 15, 2014
Good quiz but... socialite could be 100 different people. Like Wallis Simpson for instance. She was a socialite and had a bigger impact on the world than Paris Hilton. And most "socialities," Paris Hilton perhaps most of all, should not be known by anyone. You couldn't take her off and put on... Harriet Beecher Stowe? Hatshepsut? Theodora I? Catherine the Great? Isabella? Wu Zetian? Margaret Sanger? Betsy Ross? Eleanor Roosevelt? Pocahontas? Sacajewea? Imedla Marcos? Frida Kahlo? Benazir Bhutto? Sandra Day O'Connor? Lucille Ball? Janet Reno? Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir? etc etc etc...

They all lost out to Paris Hilton?

haha... I can think of so many women more worthy than Paris Hilton or Miley Cyrus I'm also tempted to make a quiz called "40 Women You Ought to Know Instead of Paris Hilton." I actually think I just might. There aren't that many famous female quizzes on the site. There's room for more.

Level 84
Jan 15, 2014
Actually, doing a bit of searching, I guess it's not a necessary. There's this quiz, for instance, and a couple other similar ones.
Level 47
Jan 15, 2014
Yeah the women here aren't supposed to be completely influential, just 40 women that come up a lot in the news, history etc. If you haven't heard of Paris Hilton, then you must have lived under a rock.
Level 84
Jan 15, 2014
This rock you speak of sounds like a good place to move...
Level 21
Apr 29, 2014
Nice quiz :)
Level 48
May 5, 2014
Bleah. Miley Cyrus and Mother Teresa on the same quiz??
Level ∞
May 6, 2014
Some would say that Mother Teresa was hardly a paragon of virtue.
Level 70
Dec 11, 2014
Louisa May (not Mary) Alcott
Level 84
Apr 7, 2016
Tried mightily, but failed to spell Aung San Suu Kyi closely enough. Also couldn't seem to get close enough to Boudica. Sigh. And although I see (Wiki) that Jane Addams was indeed a suffragette, I think of her more as a social reformer -- was surprised when the answer wasn't Susan B. Anthony. Fun quiz!
Level 47
Dec 28, 2018
Absolutely...along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Carrie Chapman Catt...all of whom are far more identified with women's suffrage in the US.
Level 75
Jul 26, 2016
No Ada Lovelace? :(