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Profiles of Famous Women: A Salute to Famous Women I: Test Your Knowledge

About this Daily Classroom Special

A Salute to Famous Women was written by Nancy Powell, teacher at Bloomington High School, Bloomington (IL) and former Teachers Network web mentor. 

March is Women's History Month!

Test Your Knowledge I: Answers

Match the women in the left column to their accomplishments....

1. Marie Curie and her daughter Irene
A. These women are known to be shrewd, even ruthless monarchs and had little difficulty outwitting male rivals.
2. Alexandra Kollantay B. She was a 30-year-old English traveler who made two expeditions to Africa in 1893 and 1894. She faced the dangers of swamps, malaria, black-water and yellow fever, cannibals, and ferocious animals to study the religion and customs of the Fang, a tribe of Cannibals. Many of the specimens of plants and animals she collected were previously unknown. Three species of fish are named after her. At the end of her tour she became the first white woman - perhaps event the first woman to climb to the top of Mt. Cameron.
3. Cleopatra, Elizabeth I

Catherine the Great
C. Between these women, they won 3 Nobel Prizes - one in Physics and two in Chemistry.
4. Benazir Bhutto D. She became the world's first minister of state and seven years later she became the world's first woman ambassador in Norway.
5. Augustina Domonech E. She was the first Prime Minister of a Muslim country.
6. Mary Henrietta Kingsley F. She was a 22-year-old woman who received 3 medals and a soldier's salary for her courageous acts in Spain's struggle with Napoleon's armies in 1808. Lord Byron celebrated her in his poem Childe Harold and her bravery earned the love and respect of all who met her.
7. Indira Gandi, Golda Meir

Margaret Thatcher, and Corazon Aquino
G. These women have provided strong, forceful leadership in their countries.
8. Commodore Grace Hopper
H. Internationally respected poet, writer and educator, she has given us such best-selling titles as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and The Heart of a Woman. She was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bi-Centennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. Her personal outreach to improve conditions for women in the Third World, primarily in Africa, has helped change the lives of thousands less privileged. She gives with all her heart and soul.
9. Maya Angelou
I. She is fondly known as the Mother of the Computer. She brought her mathematical abilities to the nation when, in 1943, she entered the U.S. Naval Reserve commissioned as lieutenant. As a senior mathematician with Sperry Rand, she worked on the first commercial computer. She is credited with the discovery of the first computer bug," the first "compiler," and perhaps most importantly her influence in the development of COBAL.



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