In male-dominated societies, the achievements of women are all too often overlooked. Not only did women throughout history have to fight for the right to vote or go to school; many also used male pseudonyms to publish books or wear disguises to fight in combat. In the meantime, they were combating injustices and making groundbreaking scientific discoveries. All in a day's work, right?
The following quiz contains prolific scientists, inventors, philosophers, writers, politicians, monarchs, Nobel prize winners, military leaders—you name it, and a woman has done it. Since many of these women may have been skipped in your high school history class, though, do you know what they've accomplished? You'll have to take a look at the following photos to find out.
There are too many talented historical women to even count, and sadly, there are many more whose stories have been shrouded or forgotten. Rather than trying to honor them all, this quiz names 40 amazing women you should know. Can you guess what they were known for? Scientist or poet? Human rights campaigner or revolt leader? Prize-winning economist or gifted artist? Take a lesson from these women and give it your all—you never know what might happen!