1 - Which world leader holds a doctorate (PhD) in Physics and worked as a quantum chemist before going into politics? (10 points)


     Bonus: Which 20th century world leader also had a background in chemistry? (2 points)


2 - Who is the first African-American woman to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company? (10 points)


     Bonus: Who is the world's youngest self-made female billionaire? (2 points)


3 - Who was the first female in space? (10 points)


     Bonus: Which medical doctor served as an astronaut and later founded a science camp for youth?(2 points)


4 - Which influential media magnate served as president of Cambridge University’s prestigious debate society? (10 points)


     Bonus: Which budding media mogul also conquered the modeling world? (2 points)


5 - What inspirational surfer had a Hollywood movie made about her life? (10 points)


     Bonus: Which Hollywood actress has a Masters Degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government? (2 points)


6 - Which scientist explores the connections between art and science, and even wrote a libretto that was performed in Paris? (10 points)


     Bonus:  Which leading philanthropist studied computer science and economics in school? (2 points)


7 - Which author was a successful children's television writer before launching a book and movie series phenomenon? (10 points)


     Bonus: Which Oscar(R)-winning director was a painter before breaking into film? (2 points)


8 - Which influential monarch is a Board Member of the World Economic Forum and advocates for health, children and women's rights? (10 points)


     Bonus: Which philanthropist and model launched a clothing line to inspire economic independence in her native country?


9 - Which female athlete is a four-time World Ironman Champion? (2 points)


     Bonus: Who was the first Korean figure skater to medal at the Olympic Games? (2 points)


10 - Which African leader won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize?(10 points)


      Bonus: Which leader of a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) also served as Indonesia’s minister of finance? (2 points)













1 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel earned a doctorate in Physics at the University of Leipzig and worked as a quantum chemist before joining the Christian Democratic Union political party in 1990. She was declared Germany's first female chancellor in 2005.


Bonus Answer - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013) studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford before running for public office, and becoming one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century.



2 - CEO Ursula Burns joined Xerox Corporation as an intern in mechanical engineering and today leads the global Fortune 500 company.


Bonus Answer - Sara Blakely, who founded the shapwear company Spanx, was named the world’s youngest, self-made female billionaire by Forbes Magazine.



3 - Valentina Tereshkova became the first female cosmonaut in June 1963, 20 years before Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.


Bonus Answer - Dr. Mae Jemison served as a science mission specialist on board Space Shuttle Endeavour and also founded a science camp for youth to help develop a meaningful science educational experience.



4 -Arianna Huffington was president of the Cambridge Union, and graduated with a Master’s degree in economics.


Bonus Answer - Tyra Banks, who in addition to being a top supermodel has also been an Author, Producer, TV Host & CEO of Bankable, which she established in 2003.



5 - Bethany Hamilton was the subject of the 2011 film "Soul Surfer," which chronicled the teen champion's return to surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack.


Bonus Answer - Ashley Judd graduated from Harvard with an MPA and works on global health, social justice and human rights issues that affect women and other vulnerable populations



6 - Lisa Randall is an influential theoretical physicist and professor at Harvard University, where she earned her PhD. She has won several awards and honors, and has also co-curated an art exhibit in Los Angeles.


Bonus Answer - Melinda French Gates earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics, and a master’s in business administration before launching her career at Microsoft Corp., where she met husband Bill Gates.



7 - Suzanne Collins was a television writer and book author before creating the blockbuster "Hunger Games" trilogy.


Bonus Answer - Kathryn Bigelow was a painter before becoming a successful film director, writer and producer.



8 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, who is also a champion of girls' education, and has a foundation that provides disadvantaged families with skills and knowledge to work themselves out of poverty.


Bonus Answer - Liya Kebede launched clothing line Lemlem to help preserve the art of weaving and inspire economic independence in Ethiopia, where she works to to reduce maternal and child mortality and ensure women have access to life-saving care.



9 - British Triathlete Chrissie Wellington won the Women's Ironman Championship four times -  in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.


Bonus Answer - Yuna Kim is the first figure skater from Korea to medal at the Olympic Games, capturing the Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.



10 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, was awarded the distinguished Nobel Peace Prize along with Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."


Bonus Answer - Sri Mulyani Indrawati is the Managing Director at the World Bank, a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.


Score Guide



100+ Points - Brilliant!!!! Has Mensa - the International High IQ Society - contacted you yet? Let us know if you become a member - we're still waiting for our personal invite.



75 - 100 Points - Wow, that's really impressive. Are you available for tutoring? You're right up there with Einstein and some of the great minds in the known galaxy.



50 - 75 Points - OK, that's pretty good. Did you answer some of the questions and get a few bonus answers in? Oh, never mind. Either way, we are impressed.



25 - 50 Points - Nice try! Come on, you didn't really think we'd expect you to know which world leader studied chemistry in school, did you? Don't worry, we didn't!



0 - 25 Points - Good for you for trying! Of course you weren't expected to know most of these questions - that's what this site is about. Go out there and learn more about some of the fascinating people around you.



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