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Women of Notoriety

Women's contributions in various fields have significantly shaped the history and progress of humanity. These remarkable women, through their courage, determination and ingenuity, have not only marked their era, but have also paved the way for future generations, illustrating the crucial importance of women's contribution in all aspects of life.


Women writers have enriched world literature with emblematic works, exploring diverse genres such as the detective novel, poetry and the diary. Their writings, often in the vanguard of the literary movements of their time, have broken conventions and opened up discussions on social, cultural and political themes.
Some well-known examples: 
Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Agatha Christie, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Toni Morrison


In the political arena, women have broken historic barriers to rise to positions of power, becoming figureheads of their countries or resistance movements. Their leadership has contributed to the transformation of political structures and the promotion of rights and equality, testifying to their crucial role in governance and societal reform.
Some well-known examples: 
Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Michelle Bachelet


Scientists have made fundamental contributions to human knowledge, often overcoming significant obstacles to participate fully in scientific research. Their discoveries and innovations have been essential in fields ranging from medicine to astronomy, and continue to influence modern science.
Some well-known examples: 
Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Ada Lovelace, Jane Goodall, Barbara McClintock

Arts and culture

Artists, musicians and actresses have left a lasting imprint on the world of the arts, enriching global culture with their creativity and talent. Their work has contributed to the evolution of the visual arts, music and theater, and has also challenged cultural norms and expectations.
Some well-known examples: 
Frida Kahlo, Billie Holiday, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas, Georgia O'Keeffe


Activists have played a decisive role in the fight for social justice, women's rights and equality. Their commitment has raised awareness of crucial issues and pushed for legislative and social change, marking important milestones in the fight for a fairer, more egalitarian society.
Some well-known examples: 
Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Susan B. Anthony, Emmeline Pankhurst, Greta Thunberg


In sport, women have transcended boundaries, breaking records and redefining what is possible, making a significant contribution to the evolution of women's sport and the promotion of gender equality. In the face of challenges such as discrimination and lack of support, these athletes have persevered, captivating millions of fans. Their perseverance not only showcased female talent in sport, but also encouraged young girls to follow their sporting passions. More than just performances, their legacies have paved the way for a more inclusive and equitable sport, with their pioneering role changing social perceptions and reinforcing access and equality in sport. 
Some well-known examples: 
Serena Williams, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Nadia Comaneci, Mia Hamm, Simone Biles

Quiz questions preview

  • She was the first woman to become Chancellor of Germany when she was elected in 2005.

    Angela Merkel | Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt | Ulla Schmidt | Ursula von der Leyen
  • This teenager wrote a diary while living in seclusion and hiding with her family from the Nazis.

    Helen Keller | Miep Gies | Anne Frank | Augusta Van Pels
  • Born Norma Jeane Baker, she became the most famous sex symbol of American cinema in the 1950s.

    Marilyn Monroe | Hedy Lamarr | Sophia Loren | Jane Russell
  • British stylist who played a major role in launching punk fashion in the 1970s with his "SEX" boutique.

    Mary Quant | Betsey Johnson | Vivienne Westwood | Thea Porter
  • Mother of Liza Minnelli, she notably played the role of Dorothy Gale in the film "The Wizard of Oz" in 1939.

    Betty Grable | Joan Crawford | Shirley Temple | Judy Garland