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Flingingmelon Wed 02-Mar-16 13:55:12

DH has been asked to do something for his company to mark Woman's month. One of the questions he was asked was;

Which women would you invite to a fantasy dinner party, alive or dead?

Obviously he wants to talk about some inspiring women, but he wants to pick women who are less well known.

I thought this would be a good place ask for recommendations, but I also want to hear about some obscure amazing women myself.

Any suggestions?

Flingingmelon Wed 02-Mar-16 20:18:28

Bump for evening traffic.

KanyesVest Wed 02-Mar-16 20:22:45

What industry is he in? There might be some interesting women in the industry, past or present (obvious, but eg if he's in tech, Ada Lovelace)

caitlinohara Wed 02-Mar-16 20:29:22

What a bloody brilliant question.

I would love to invite Bessie Coleman. For anyone who doesn't know, She was a black female aviator in the 1920s. I have a bit of a thing for all pilots tbh and I love reading about early female pilots but she really stands out as someone determined to succeed despite many obstacles and I find her totally awe inspiring.

Flingingmelon Wed 02-Mar-16 20:34:21

He's in consultancy / sales / management. So nothing especially niche. I think he could pick anyone.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Wed 02-Mar-16 20:41:39

Patti Smith and Tilda Swinton.

Stevie Nicks because I wanted to be her when I was 16

SenecaFalls Wed 02-Mar-16 20:43:01

Katherine Ashley, who was responsible for Elizabeth I's remarkable educational foundation as her first teacher.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Wed 02-Mar-16 20:44:42

And for dead women,
Audrey Hepburn
Vivien Leigh
Angela Carter.

KanyesVest Wed 02-Mar-16 20:47:01

Nancy Wake sounds like an amazing woman. Brief intro here

CultureSucksDownWords Wed 02-Mar-16 20:54:57

What about Hedy Lamarr? An inventor as well as an actress.

DrDiva Wed 02-Mar-16 20:57:01

Aletta Jacobs
Dickey Chapelle
Gertrude Bell
Annie Sullivan

barnet Wed 02-Mar-16 21:06:33

Eleanor Roosevelt (not obscure, but a hellava woman nonetheless)

Dorothy Parker- sharp, witty, entertaining, defender of human and civil rights

slugseatlettuce Wed 02-Mar-16 21:07:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Flingingmelon Wed 02-Mar-16 21:13:43

These are all great, we have a lot of googling to do.

We also found;

Dowager Empress Cixi

Lweji Wed 02-Mar-16 21:16:06

How to define obscure?

I'd choose Lynn Margulies for proposing that mitochondria and chloroplasts evolved from symbiotic bacteria.
Rosalind Franklin of DNA non-fame.
Mary Leakey of human evolution fame.

Flingingmelon Wed 02-Mar-16 21:22:00

I think we are getting the obscurity level about right here. I haven't heard of about fifty percent of the women on this list and I'd describe myself as being averagely clued up for degree level education.

I've learnt loads tonight.

NeverEverAnythingEver Wed 02-Mar-16 21:23:54

Oh no! Not the Dowager Empress Cixi! Mad as a hatter, she was...

Flingingmelon Wed 02-Mar-16 21:24:39

True, but can you imagine what she'd be like with half a bottle of wine in her?!

NeverEverAnythingEver Wed 02-Mar-16 21:25:13

There was an empress of China:

NeverEverAnythingEver Wed 02-Mar-16 21:26:49

Wu Zetian was much more positive, I think. And Chinese history has always treated her badly because she was a woman.

SenecaFalls Wed 02-Mar-16 21:27:51

I second Eleanor Roosevelt. And, like your DH, she was also in sales. smile

Movingonmymind Wed 02-Mar-16 21:33:26

The late wonderfully erudite dynamo that was Prof Lisa Jardine, Geena Davis for some Hollywood glamour, Hildegarde of Bingen, Gloria Steinem, Helena Kennedy QC and then, to give us a laugh, the late and wonderful Linda Smith and the little bouncy Scandi woman who went off to found the WEP. Would argue with her, especially on their ridiculous trans policy all night until Jardine or Kennedy shut me up.

Mrskeats Wed 02-Mar-16 21:35:31

Mary Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Gaskell for me

Movingonmymind Wed 02-Mar-16 21:35:51

And Jenni Murray to keep us in order and make sure we get to bed on time. Though reckon she'd have some great tales to tell after a couple of glasses of wine.

EElisavetaOfBelsornia Wed 02-Mar-16 21:36:38

Aphra Behn
Artemisia Gentileschi
Mira Rai

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