Disproving the misguided stereotype that boys are naturally better at math and science than girls, women earn around half the science-related degrees in U.S. higher education. Since Hypatia, the ancient Egyptian mathematician, women have made groundbreaking contributions in math and science, and are only now receiving proper recognition. Are you ready to test your knowledge of these brainy ladies?
Question 1 of 20
French math genius Emilie du Châtelet was mistress to which famous Enlightenment thinker?
Question 2 of 20
Egyptian mathematician Hypatia was killed by whom?
Question 3 of 20
Around 50 percent of U.S. science and engineering graduate students are women. What percentage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs do they claim in the United States?
Question 4 of 20
Chemist Rosalind Franklin's photographs of what helped earn a Nobel Prize for James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins?
Question 5 of 20
Austrian physicist Lise Meitner and her research assistant discovered what atomic reaction?
Question 6 of 20
Lise Meitner won a Nobel Prize for what?
Question 7 of 20
Shirley Jackson, described by Time magazine as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science," pursued what science field?
Question 8 of 20
President Clinton appointed Shirley Jackson the first female head of what?
Question 9 of 20
Rita Levi-Montalcini, the oldest living Nobel laureate, received her Nobel Prize for studying what body part?
Question 10 of 20
How old was Rita Levi-Montalcini when she received her Nobel?
Question 11 of 20
Who won the 1903 Nobel Prize in physics for her work with radioactive materials?
Question 12 of 20
The daughter of which famous poet devised what is considered the first ever computer program?
Question 13 of 20
What primatologist has been described as "the woman who redefined man"?
Question 14 of 20
Out of the 102 Nobel Prizes in chemistry doled out between 1901 and 2010, how many went to women?
Question 15 of 20
Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer are the only women to win a Nobel in what?
Question 16 of 20
British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell initially mistook her discovery of radio signals in outer space for what?
Question 17 of 20
In 2009, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Carol Greider were awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering telomeres, which protect what from damage?
Question 18 of 20
Which of the following women hasn't received a Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking research?
Question 19 of 20
Who was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT?
Question 20 of 20