Quiz 042: Great Women


01.) In the United States (US), the second Sunday of May is observed as Mothers’ Day. This started with one woman, grief stricken by her mother’s death, sending letters to many prominent people, institutions and companies in her country. President Woodrow Wilson read one of her letters and declared Mothers’ Day. Who was this woman?

02.) She was an Austrian, and was a novelist and pacifist. She is depicted in the Austrian 2 Euro coin and formerly in the 1,000 schilling bank note. Name this lady who in 1905 became the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?

03.) She was a French heiress, socialite and businesswoman. She was one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal. At the time of her death in 2017, she was the richest woman, and the 14th richest person in the world, with a net worth of US$44.3 billion. Name her?

04.) She was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I. Despite her having admitted under interrogation to taking money to work as a German spy, many people still believe she was innocent. She was executed by firing squad in France. Name her?

05.) She is a self-made billionaire who was once ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest African-American in the 20th Century. She is a spokesperson for many causes, owns her own magazine O, cable television networks called OWN, a production company – and has been on television for over 25 years in the United StatesWho is she?

06.) This woman, an American teacher, was instrumental in using new techniques to teach the blind including the famous Helen Keller. This teacher’s life was the basis for a television drama, Broadway play and a Hollywood movie, all by the name The Miracle Worker. Who was this remarkable teacher?

07.) Trained as a mathematician, this young aristocratic English woman wrote the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine in 1843. She based them on Jacquard’s punch-card idea and meant to be used on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. A visionary, she also foresaw a day when computers will go well beyond mere calculating or number-crunching. Who was she?

08.) She was an English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories who is regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of that century. She was a member of the English Bloomsbury Group, and suffered repeated bouts of depression and is believed to have been bipolar. Who is the author?

09.)This Bangladeshi doctor turned writer has authored many works of fiction and poetry, but she became known worldwide when her 1993 novel ‘Lajja’ (Shame) was banned in her home country. She has been controversial owing to her feminist views and her criticism of Islam in particular and of religion in general. Under threat from religious fanatics, she has been living in exile in various countries . Who is she?

10.)Who is the US politician and diplomat who served as the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton?


01.)  Anna Jarvis

02.) Bertha von Suttner

03.) Liliane Bettencourt

04.) Mata Hari

05.) Oprah Winfrey

06.) Anne Sullivan Macy

07.) Augusta Ada King

08.) Virginia Woolf

09.) Taslima Nasrin

10.) Madeleine  Albright

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