Can You Name All of These Iconic Women Throughout History?

By: J.P. Naomi
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From Wales to Hollywood, from political activism to philanthropy, think you have what it takes to recognize these famous women of history? Take this quiz now to find out!

Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961. She married Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981 and became Princess Diana. She died on August 31, 1997, in Paris, France.

Queen Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from November 17, 1558, until her dead on March 24, 1603. She was the last monarch of the House of Tudor.

Marie Skłodowska Curie was a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person and only woman to win twice, in two different sciences no less!

Margaret Hilda Thatcher was also known as The Baroness Thatcher. She was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to have been appointed.

Dorothea Lange was born on May 26, 1895. She was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist who is best remembered for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband's (President Franklin D. Roosevelt) four terms in office.

Billie Holiday's real name was Eleanora Fagan. She was born in 1915 in Philadelphia and had a 30-year career as an influential singer-songwriter of jazz and pop music.

Anais Nin was born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell in 1903. She was an American writer born to Cuban parents in France. She lived most of her life in the United States and died of cervical cancer in 1977.

Born around the 1400s, Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War. She was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint in 1909.

Abigail Adams was born in 1744 and served as both the First and Second Lady of the United States - when her husband, John Adams, was president and vice president - not at the same time, of course!

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. She was an American actress, model and singer who became famous for playing comedic "dumb blonde" characters until her untimely death at the age of 36.

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born in 1907 and led a long life as an actress. She is remembered for her fierce independence and spirited personality as a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years.

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933. She is remembered as an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

Aretha Louise Franklin began her career as a gospel singer at her father's church. She then signed with Columbia Records in 1960 and has had a long, successful career with songs such as "Respect," "Think" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

Alice Malsenior Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist. She wrote "The Color Purple" in 1982 and won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who is remembered for helping the Lewis and Clark Expedition in achieving their chartered mission objectives by exploring the Louisiana Territory. She traveled with Lewis and Clark for thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean.

Janis Joplin is an icon of psychedelic rock, soul and blues music. She led a successful but brief career as a singer and songwriter until her untimely death at the age of 27 in 1970.

Julia Child was an American chef, author and television personality. She is remembered for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," in 1961.

Yoko Ono is a Japanese artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist who was the second wife and widow of John Lennon. Still active to this day, she performs in both English and Japanese!

Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress and activist. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean was born on January 19, 1946. She is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.

Elizabeth Blackwell was a British-born physician, notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the U.K. Medical Register.

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an American actress, comedian, singer, and animal rights activist. Her career spanned seven decades during which she won several Emmy Awards as well as a Tony Award.

Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, "kibbutznik," stateswoman, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She was the first and only woman to hold such an office and is remembered as being a "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people."

Maya Angelou was an American poet and civil rights activist. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.

Beverly D'Angelo was born in 1951 and has led a long career as an actress and singer, appearing in more than 60 films. Her first big break was as Ellen Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation films.

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was an Indian stateswoman and central figure of the Indian National Congress from the 1960s - 1980s. She was the first and only female prime minister of India to date, and was assassinated in office.

Rosa Parks was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called "the First Lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the Freedom Movement." She famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in 1955.

Meryl Streep is known as the best actress of her generation. She has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards - more than any other actor - and is one of six actors who have won three or more competitive Oscars.

Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, Cher has been called the Goddess of Pop and described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her contralto singing voice and her career of more than 60 years.

Shirley Temple was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman and diplomat who, as a child actress, was Hollywood's #1 box-office draw from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States Ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia by President George H. W. Bush. She also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States under Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Rhea Jo Perlman was born in 1948 in New York. She is best known for her role as head waitress Carla Tortelli on the sitcom, "Cheers," from 1982 to 1993. She was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress – winning four times – and was nominated for a record six Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series.

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1822 as Araminta Ross. She is remembered as an iconic American abolitionist, humanitarian and armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War as well as a teacher and patent clerk.

Shirley Jackson was a popular American writer best known for her short story, "The Lottery," as well as other mystery and ghost stories, such as "The Haunting of HIll House."

Madonna Louise Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958. She has been known as the Queen of Pop since the 1980s and has an estimated net worth of $580 million!

Famed author of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21, 1816, in England. She went by the pen name Currer Bell.

Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, academic and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA. She had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

Barbara Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1929. She is a journalist who has hosted a variety of television programs throughout her career, including "Today," "The View," "20/20" and the "ABC Evening News."

Nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Janet Reno was the first woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. She is the second-longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history, after William Wirt.

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand and a fashion icon in history.

Jackie Kennedy was the wife of President John F. Kennedy and served as First Lady from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. During her time at the White House, she was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and her emphasis on arts and culture.

Eva Peron was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is remembered as an "example of passion and combativeness."

Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Her image is on the U.S. dollar coin that was minted from 1979 - 1981.

Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, and is remembered as the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her airplane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during her attempt at a flight around the world. She was 39 years old.

Hillary Clinton has had a long career in U.S. politics. She served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and was the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her teacher was Anne Sullivan.

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa is now known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary who dedicated her life to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."

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