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100 Most Famous People in History List Includes Only 8 Women

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Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab is "compiling, analyzing and visualizing datasets that can help us understand the process of global cultural development." In laymen's terms, they're tallying lists of the most famous people to have lived from 4,000 B.C. to 2010 (nearly all of recorded history). And in the rankings of the top 100 most famous people overall, there are only eight women. Cleopatra is the first woman to make an appearance on the list of most famous figures overall. At #29, she is also the only woman even to crack the top 50. She's followed by Nefertiti (the Great Royal Wife, #51), Joan of Arc (#53), Mary (i.e., Mother of Jesus, #61), Sappho (#78), Mary Magdalene (another Jesus affiliate, #83), Elizabeth I of England (#88) and Anne Boleyn (#91). If ever there were proof of the importance of specifically celebrating women's history, this is it.

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