Only 9% of the Population Can Identify These Iconic Women. Can You?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

Get empowered and in touch with your feminine side!

Throughout history, women have had to strive for equality in many fields that have traditionally been dominated by men. However, in recent years (particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries) we have seen that women can excel at just about anything, once they are given the freedom to do so! From politics to sports or from entertainment to science, women have shown that they are capable of keeping abreast with men. That's why we're proud to bring you this quiz about 40 iconic women, from both the past and present, who will undoubtedly be remembered for their achievements for years to come! 

This quiz not only deals with women in popular culture, like Madonna, Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe, but also women's activists, like Susan B. Anthony,  Malala Yousafzai and Maya Angelou. Whether you idolize women who have led entire countries, women who have become celebrated scientists, or women who have simply fought for a better future for following generations, you're bound to find someone that you can admire in this quiz!

So, what are you waiting for? Let's take a journey through history with women who have made the world what it is today!

Angela Merkel is a German politician who has been serving as the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She has consistently been referred to as the most powerful woman in the world and has topped Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women eleven times out of the past twelve years. She is also considered to be the de facto leader of the European Union.

Susan B. Anthony was an American women's rights activist and social reformer. She was a key figure in the women's suffrage movement and vocally supported anti-slavery movements as well.

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan twice - from 1988 to 1990 and also from 1993 to 1996. She is notable for being the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation.

Billie Holiday was an American jazz musician, singer and songwriter. She has received many posthumous Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well.

Mary Magdalene was a Jewish woman who is notable for travelling with Jesus as one of his followers. She is mentioned at least a dozen times in the four Gospels and was reported to have witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion.

Eleanor Roosevelt was an American diplomat, activist, politician and First Lady of the United States. She was the longest-serving First Lady (1933 - 1945) and the first to hold regular press conferences, speak at a national party convention, write a monthly magazine column, write a daily newspaper column and host a weekly radio show.

Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer, nurse and statistician. She is hailed as the founder of modern nursing and is remembered in modern culture as "the Lady with the Lamp."

Monica Seles is a professional tennis player who retired in 2008 and previously held the title of world number one by the Women's Tennis Association. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles - one while representing the United States and eight while representing Yugoslavia.

Jane Austen was an English novelist who is widely celebrated among critics and scholars. She achieved success with her first four novels, "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," "Mansfield Park" and "Emma."

Catherine Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge and a member of the British royal family. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, her husband, is second in line to become King of the United Kingdom. She is a fashion icon, with her impact on fashion trends being referred to as the “Kate Middleton effect.”

Eleanor of Aquitaine was the Duchess of Aquitaine and the Queen consort of France, and subsequently the Queen consort of England. She is remembered for being one of the most powerful and wealthiest women in western Europe. She led armies several times and was a leader of the Second Crusade.

Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, media proprietor, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has been ranked numerous time as the most influential woman in the world and is referred to as the "Queen of All Media."

Hillary Clinton is an American politician and former First Lady of the United States. She was the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election and the 67th United States Secretary of State, from 2009 to 2013.

Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, businesswoman and actress. Hailed as the “Queen of Pop,” she is remembered for being able to experience mainstream success amidst controversy over her lyrical content.

Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter and actress. She is recognized as an icon of modern music and one of the best-selling artists of all time. She received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014.

Rosa Parks was an American activist in the Civil Rights Movement. She is often referred to as "the mother of the freedom movement" and "the first lady of Civil Rights." She collaborated with civil rights leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Edgar Nixon.

Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She founded the Missionaries of Charity and was canonized as a saint - Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education. She is notable for being the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and a human rights advocate, especially for the education of women. The Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school in her hometown.

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, Civil Rights activist, and memoir writer. She published several books of poetry, three books of essays and seven autobiographies. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women.

Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. She is remembered through a legacy of ancient and modern art and representations in literature.

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She is notable for being the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree and she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism and anti-militarism.

Anne Frank was a German-born diarist. She is remembered to this day as being one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her diary, published as “The Diary of a Young Girl,” has been translated into over 60 languages.

Joan of Arc was a French military leader and martyr. She is considered to be a heroine of France for her role during the Hundred Years' War and she was subsequently canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.

Beyonce Knowles is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She has been hailed as a fashion icon and sex symbol and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She is the most nominated woman and the second-most awarded woman in Grammy history, and has the record for the most MTV Video Music Awards.

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the namesake and founder of the Chanel brand and is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. She is notable for being active during Hollywood’s Golden Age and was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and Civil Rights activist. She was born into slavery, but escaped and made over a dozen mission to rescue over seventy enslaved people using the Underground Railroad. She also served as an armed scout and spy for the United States Army in the Civil War.

Queen Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death, in 1901. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers all died. She was affectionately referred to as "the grandmother of Europe."

Margaret Thatcher was a British stateswoman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is notable for being the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to have the title.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the wife of John F. Kennedy aand First Lady of the United States. She is famous for spearheading her highly publicized restoration of the White House.

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who pioneered research on radioactivity. She is notable for being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and the first person to win twice.

Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family, as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her wedding was highly publicized, watched by an estimated global TV audience of 1 billion people. However, it ended in divorce a year before her death.

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player. She has been ranked by Women's Tennis Association as world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players.

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model and singer. She continues to be a major popular culture icon to this day and is one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s.

Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker and humanitarian. She has won numerous awards over her career and has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry.

J.K. Rowling is a British novelist, screenwriter and producer. She is famously known for being the author of the Harry Potter series, which is now the best-selling book series in history, with over 500 million copies sold.

Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. She is notable for being the longest-serving current head of state, as well as the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch, and the world's longest-reigning queen regnant and female head of state.

Indira Gandhi was an Indian stateswoman, a member of the Indian National Congress, and a Prime Minister of India. She was the first female Prime Minister of India (and the only one to date) and was the second longest-serving Indian prime minister until her assassination in 1984.

Agatha Christie was an English writer and playwright. She is notable for having written over 60 detective novels and the world's longest-running play, “The Mousetrap,” with over 25,000 perfomances.

Amelia Earhart was an American aviator and author. She is notable for being the first female aviator to successfully fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She also wrote several best-selling books about her experiences and set several aviation milestones and records. She disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

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