Which Female Scientist Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Which Female Scientist Are You?
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About This Quiz

Though their achievements were hard-won in the face of cynical societies, women have always been at the forefront of science. Which pioneer in your field are you?
What's the most productive era of science?
1870's
1950's
1960's
1940's

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What's your scientific field?
Computers
Biochemistry
Chemistry
Programming

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What scientist do you admire?
Charles Babbage
Lise Meitner, who also did not give a damn
Hale Charch
Katherine Johnson, my contemporary

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What benefit did your science have?
I co-invented computers
I co-discovered DNA
I invented Kevlar
I pioneered programming

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Who got credit for your work?
Me and my husband split it
My stupid colleagues stole it
I did, mostly
I did, entirely

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Do people see your field as a man's field, even now?
Yes, which is ridiculous because it was created by a woman and was seen as a woman's job until the 80's, when men took it over and paid themselves way more
Yes, mostly, though it is seen as a mix these days
Oh, entirely, it's nuts
Yes, on multiple levels, because of the military aspects of it

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What do you wear to do science?
A gown
A lab coat and tweed skirt suit
A sweater and skirt
A uniform

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Have people heard of your invention?
Yes, 100%
Yes, probably 90%
Yes, probably 70%
Yes, probably 95%

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Who do you want to help?
Nerds
Sick people
People in danger
Soldiers

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What do people not understand about your invention or discovery?
How it works
What it is
Why it's better than the alternatives
Anything at all

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What did your invention replace?
Arguably, it replaced the Industrial Age with the Information Age
Bad biological knowledge
Inadequate armor
Doing way too much math by hand

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Are you more of the discovering than the inventing kind?
I am both
Mostly discovering
Mostly inventing
Inventing

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What's your personal reputation?
I am seen as awesome by those who know me
I am seen as prickly, which you would be too if you had to put up with the crap they dumped on me
I am seen as nice and determined
I am known as "amazing" now, though I was not always

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Would you give up true love for science?
No need, my love loves science as much as me
Yes, love sucks
Sadly yes
No, though I lost it anyway and science was my great consolation

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Would you give your life in the pursuit of knowledge?
Probably
I did
I doubt it
I would be glad to

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Where are you from?
The nice part of London
Notting Hill
Pennsylvania
New York

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Are you patriotic?
Yes, Europe sucks
Not really
Yes, my folks were immigrants
Extremely

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Were you appropriately recognized in your time?
I was recognized, but not as much as I should have been
Not even close
Somewhat
Mostly

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Are you recognized sufficiently now?
Still no, though I do have a special day, people don't know I literally invented frigging computers
Nope, though I am getting more so
Mostly, yes, especially within my field
Yes, I got a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom and the military worships my name

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Did you have a nice upbringing?
No, my father was a deadbeat
Yes, we were educated and affluent
Yes, my parents were very loving and encouraged my education
Yes, people assume because I am a woman of color that we were not well off, but actually, we were quite elite

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What would you have been if you had limited yourself to what people expected of you?
A countess
A housefrau
Nothing much
Probably a teacher

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Do you have nice colleagues?
Yes, I love them!
No, they suck
Yes, some of them anyway
Yes, once I earned their respect

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Are you good at abstract thinking?
Yes extremely, but I'm also very practical
It is one of many types of thinking I am amazing at
I am more practical
Yes, profoundly

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Are you good at practical experimentation?
Yes, that's so fun
Yes, it is my defining characteristic to combine the theories of my field with the practicalities of proving those theories in the real world
Yes, I design experiments that loads of people use today
Yes, I am a military person after all

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How concerned with safety are you?
A little
I laugh at the idea
Very - it's my defining invention
Somewhat, but not much

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What's your social rank?
I am an aristocrat
I am upper middle class
I am middle class
I am borderline upper class

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How good are you at re-purposing technology?
Exceptionally good
Very good
I am good at inventing new technology that incorporates the old
I am good at showing that technology can do more than its creators sometimes think

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Are you adaptable?
Only somewhat
Scientifically yes, socially no
Oh yes
Yes, that is essential to my job

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Are you mechanically inclined?
Yes, but I like to make the mechanical algorithmic
I see machines as a means to an end
Yes, right down to the level of the chemistry involved
Yes, but I also like the numbers

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What would you tell little girls thinking of going into science?
If you marry, marry a man who supports your dreams as much as you support his: anything less will drag you down
I would tell them to do it, but to watch out for weak men who try to steal your work and undermine you
I would say I have had a wonderful career, worked with great people, and fulfilled my potential, and they can too
I would tell them to keep their chin up and fight it out until they earn the respect of their colleagues; after that, it's all good

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