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Arts & Literature
Her novel 'The Bell Jar' paralleled her own battles with mental illness.
Her sleuth Hercule Poirot liked to use his 'little grey cells.'
Her black-and-white photos caused controversy for featuring dwarves, giants, and circus freaks.
Her 'Gone with the Wind' is one of the best-selling books of all time (not to mention highest-grossing movies).
Her poems were rarely seen during her lifetime but are now considered classics of American literature.
Her 1967 teen novel 'The Outsiders' still sells over 500,000 copies a year.
Her 'Boy Toy' belt buckle wouldn't have made the mother of Jesus happy.
Her 'Auf wiedersehen' is not something any designer wants to hear on 'Project Runway.'
Her Best Picture-winning 'Hurt Locker' earned her Best Director.
Her National Medal of Art solidified her nickname 'The First Lady of Song.'
Her talk show is the highest-rated program of its kind in history.
Her 'Dangerously in Love' debut solo album was recorded while on hiatus from Destiny's Child.
Her plane disappeared as she was attempting to be the first person to fly across the Pacific.
Her role as guide and interpreter helped Lewis and Clark explore the Western U.S.
Her trip to the North Pole at age 75 was the first by an African-American woman.
Her memoir 'West with the Night' chronicles her early adventures in Kenya.
Her popular Travel Channel shows include 'Passport to Europe' and 'Great Hotels.'
Her 1889 trip around the world in just 72 days beat fiction's Phileas Fogg.
Her humanitarian efforts involved organizing the American Red Cross.
Her naked ride atop a horse was done, per the legend, in opposition to taxation.
Her diary shed light on the horrors of the Holocaust.
Her refusal to give up her bus seat helped start the modern civil rights movement.
Her image appears on the U.S. silver dollar.
Her teen years were not yet over when she became Egypt's queen.
Science & Nature
Her work as a sex educator included forming the American Birth Control League in 1921.
Her medical degree was the first ever earned by an American woman.
Her Nobel Prize was the first ever earned by a woman.
Her innovations in computer programming led to the development of COBOL.
Her mission aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger made her the first U.S. woman in space.
Her 1940s frequency-hopping invention assisted the U.S. military, though she's best remembered for her Hollywood film career.
Sports & Leisure
Her Go Daddy promos gain her as much attention as her auto racing abilities.
Her victory over Bobby Riggs struck a blow to male chauvinism.
Her triumph in the '84 Olympics made her the first U.S. female gymnast to win gold.
Her years pitching for the USA national team prompted Time magazine to call her the most famous softball player in history.
Her five track medals from the Sydney games were forfeited due to doping.
Her career prize money from tennis is surpassed by only one player – her sister.
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Jun 17th, 2011 at 07:16 GMT
Terrific quiz. I should warn you, however, that accepting just "Beyonce" will lead to protests that you should accept just "Oprah". (Even though everyone knows damn well what Oprah's last name is.)
Jun 17th, 2011 at 10:03 GMT
@druhutch: Thanks for the heads up. I think I'll add Oprah and save myself some grief......
Jun 17th, 2011 at 14:14 GMT
Great quiz...they were really kind of hard I only got all of the sports. Nice, 4 straight 5.00 ratings...now 5.
Jun 17th, 2011 at 14:32 GMT
Great quiz. Five orbs. But for some reason, I have the Family Guy parody of the theme song from 'Maude' stuck in my head now.
Jun 17th, 2011 at 21:46 GMT
Great Quiz! A couple (minor) corrections:
-I wouldn't say Frequency Hopping "helped defeat the Nazis". While Hopper and her co-inventor George Antheil got a patent for the idea during World War II, it wasn't implemented in practice until later on.
-While Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross, the Red Cross itself had been founded 18 years before by Henri Dunant. I'm not sure if Barton's own humanitarian efforts had much impact on Dunant's founding of the organization.
Jun 18th, 2011 at 01:02 GMT
@kcostell: Thanks for the insights. I will attempt to revise to avoid any misrepresentation.
Jun 18th, 2011 at 05:28 GMT
Great quiz! If we can vote for candidates for the sequel, can I ask for Dorothy Sayers and Rosalind Franklin?
Jun 18th, 2011 at 16:15 GMT
Enjoyable quiz - my only issue is that maybe the first clue in the Science and Nature section needs to be more specific as Marie Stopes was also a famous sex educator and pioneer in the field of birth control.
Jun 18th, 2011 at 20:45 GMT
@caswell: Thanks. I'll work on making that clue more specific to the answer.
Jun 30th, 2011 at 03:10 GMT
While Lady Godiva was a real person, there's no evidence to suggest that her naked ride through Coventry actually happened, and most historians believe it to be a myth. Perhaps you might add something in your clue that the story is a legend.
Jun 30th, 2011 at 10:25 GMT
@NYCub: Will do.
Game published: Jan 19th, 2013 at 19:00 GMT
Jan 19th, 2013 at 19:38 GMT
There were actually two women on the around the world trip, Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. There is a book coming out in March called Eighty Days which tells all about their trips.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 19:51 GMT
heddy lamarr's last name is spelled with two R's. and the real first woman in space was actually valentina tershkova - a russian cosmonaut who flew into space in 1963. hopper was the inventor of cobol; lamarr was the inventor of frequency hopping during WWII
Jan 19th, 2013 at 20:23 GMT
Anyone else get Bly after taking a wild guess at Blyton for 'The Outsiders' question? Sometimes being a dummy pays off.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:06 GMT
Didn't get Bly, but did get "Brown" after guessing "Browning" for the poetry question. I concur...
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:15 GMT
Good quiz! You could also add Rosalind Franklin.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:23 GMT
I scored 93% but only knew about half the answers? sad.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:23 GMT
It's sad that the entertainment names are so much more widely known than the science and nature or art and literature.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:33 GMT
29/36. Apparently I am as bad at Women in Geography as I am at Geography.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:44 GMT
I think Marion Jones should be replaced since, unlike all the other marvelous accomplishments by the other ladies in the quiz, hers is tainted by performance enhancing drugs (and even says so in the description). I'd rather see FloJo, personally.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 22:08 GMT
Thanks for this quiz
Jan 19th, 2013 at 22:43 GMT
Special thanks to Alex Day and Carrie Hope Fletcher for teaching me about Lady Godiva!
Jan 19th, 2013 at 23:08 GMT
The Susan B. Anthony dollar is not a silver dollar, thus the clue is misleading. The Morgan silver dollar's obverse was designed based on the profile of Anna Willess Williams, and the Peace dollar's obverse was designed based on Teresa de Fransisci, the wife of the coin's designer.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 23:29 GMT
@barnztormre: Marion Jones is the correct answer to the clue as given; why shouldn't she be included? This isn't supposed to be some sort of Hall of Fame listing the 36 women who have made the greatest contributions to history, just those who are fit the particular descriptions given. There's no implication that anyone included is somehow more deserving than anyone not.
(Oh, and although FloJo was never proved to have taken drugs, she was widely suspected of it, so even if you did want to remove Jones she might not be the best replacement)
Jan 20th, 2013 at 00:24 GMT
@barnztormre, and you dont think FloJo used performance enhancing drugs, I mean come on just look at her build.
Jan 20th, 2013 at 00:34 GMT
So my guess of "Doctor Quinn, Medicine Women" was incorrect?
Jan 20th, 2013 at 01:06 GMT
Shockingly low percentage for Ella Fitzgerald so far.
Jan 20th, 2013 at 01:58 GMT
I love quizzes like this that drive me to Wikipedia afterwards to learn about some amazing people. The 4 least-answered were unknown to me as well.
Jan 20th, 2013 at 02:28 GMT
Fair points. How about the greatest female athlete ever, Babe Didrickson Zaharias?
Jan 20th, 2013 at 05:11 GMT
I don't think it was Jennie Finch's pitching that led to her being the "most famous softball player in history"...
Jan 20th, 2013 at 11:30 GMT
I had no idea that such a high proportion of famous women were American.
Jan 20th, 2013 at 16:20 GMT
I had no idea that Hedy Lamarr was such a brilliant inventor. Astounding that she was such a well-known celebrity, but so few people were aware of her most significant contributions.
Jan 20th, 2013 at 17:58 GMT
Joan of arc???
Jan 21st, 2013 at 00:58 GMT
Only 19 right, but did get Hedy Lamarr.
Jan 21st, 2013 at 16:40 GMT
@ABX2149 - "That's HEDLEY"
Jan 21st, 2013 at 20:49 GMT
rachel carson/rosalind franklin?
Jan 21st, 2013 at 20:50 GMT
Slash Mia Hamm?
Jan 22nd, 2013 at 01:39 GMT
I got Nellie Bly thanks to another strong (and fictional) woman - Dr. Abigail Bartlet! Anyone else?
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