Abigail Adams told us to "not forget the ladies," but some of these amazing Americans have been left behind by history. Take this quiz to test how well you know the women who shaped our nation and to learn a bit more about those you might've missed.
What social work pioneer won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931?
Greta von Wingding
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an civil rights advocate and crusader at the turn of the last century. What was her profession?
Mary Church Terrell founded what organization?
Daughters of the American Revolution
National Association of Colored Women
Teach for America
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to complete what athletic activity?
run a four-minute mile
compete in Olympic weightlifting
swim the English Channel
What woman was the first to be picked as a vice president on a presidential ticket?
Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to …
get her medical degree
graduate from Harvard University
become an astronaut
Wilma Pearl Mankiller was the first …
female artist to win a MacArthur genius grant
female chief of a major Native American tribe in modern times
Native American female opera singer
Who was the highest-ranking female elected official when she became speaker of the House?
Rossana Rosado was the first female editor, publisher and CEO of what?
a feminist watchdog newsletter
The New York Times
the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States
Rosalyn Yalow was awarded what for her work as a physicist?
the Pulitzer Prize
the Fields Medal
the Nobel Prize
Vera Rubin is an American astronomer who made significant discoveries in dark matter research. What school did NOT accept her in its astronomy graduate program?
Eunice Kennedy Shriver started what organization?
the Special Olympics
the Democratic Party
Janet Rowley identified an important genetic breakthrough in leukemia research. When Rowley entered medical school in 1944, what was the "quota" for women in the class of 65 people?
Who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature?
Pearl S. Buck
Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross after organizing nursing and humanitarian efforts in what war?
the French and Indian War
the American Revolution
the American Civil War
Ursula Burns is the first African-American CEO of what?
a technology firm
a Fortune 500 company
Maya Lin designed what memorial?
the World Trade Center Memorial
the Washington Monument
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
How old was Sybil Ludington when she rode 40 miles (64 kilometers) to rally the local militia against a British raid in the Revolutionary War?
16 years old
7 years old
22 years old
Belva Lockwood was the first female lawyer to argue in front of the Supreme Court. What year did she do it?
Gloria Steinem founded what publication?
Lucy Stone was a famous suffragette and activist, but she also did what pioneering action?
refused to wear skirts
smashed bars in the temperance movement
kept her maiden name even after marrying
Jody Williams won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work as an activist for what cause?
banning land mines
funding HIV research
brokering agreements between Israel and Palestine
Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina woman to serve on the Supreme Court. How many women had served before her?
Who was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sandra Day O'Connor
Who was the first American woman in space?
The first U.S. Secretary of State was …
Gertrude B. Elion was the co-recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for her research of cancer drug treatments. But she NEVER received what?
Grace Hopper was a computer technology pioneer, but she was also responsible for what?
nicknaming computer errors "bugs"
the word "computer"
the delete key
Toni Morrison was …
the first black best-selling author in the United States
the first African-American to chair a university department
the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature
Jackie Cochran was an American pilot who still …
holds more speed and distance records than any pilot