She has an international day named in her honour, her portrait hangs at No 10 Downing Street … and now Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace has been voted as the fourth most influential woman in history. She was polled by BBC History magazine readers just behind scientist Marie Curie, civil rights heroine Rosa Parks and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. Popular history remembers her as the assistant of Charles Babbage, pioneer of the computer, but that does not appear to be entirely accurate and certainly not the full story. Ada Lovelace was born Ada Gordon in 1815, the only child of the brief and stormy marriage of the poet Lord Byron, and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke. It is said that Byron’s first words to his infant daughter were: “Oh! What an implement of torture have I acquired in you!” Less than one month after she was born, Lord Byron informed her mother that he would continue his current affair and soon after asked her to leave with … [Read more...] about Lord Byron’s daughter is listed among the top 20 women ‘who changed the world’
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The most important women in history have been chosen by a poll. BBC History Magazine asked its readers about which women they thought had changed the world most significantly. Marie Curie came out on top, closely followed by civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Along with those two, the pollsters came up with a list of 20 women. Now, as most of these women are from Europe and America, it is by no means exhaustive or definitive. Nevertheless, it's a celebration of women in history, and we can always use those. Here are the ones people chose - how well do you know them? You can take the quiz, created by indy100 via Apester, below: 1. Marie Curie 2. Rosa Parks 3. Emmeline Pankhurst 4. Ada Lovelace 5. Rosalind Franklin 6. Margaret Thatcher 7. Angela Burdett-Coutts 8. Mary Wollstonecraft 9. Florence Nightingale 10. Marie Stopes 11. Eleanor of Aquitaine 12. The Virgin Mary 13. Jane Austen 14. … [Read more...] about Quiz: How well do you know the 20 most significant women in history?