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Famous faces

Can you put a name to a face? Learn about 10 inspirational women in this catchphrase-style quiz.

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You’ll need

  • Device with access to the internet

To watch in full screen, double click the video

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers

This activity could be run for International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on the 8 March every year. International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. It can also be a great way to introduce young people to inspirational women. International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Find out more about Girls and Women in Scouts.

Women in Scouts are nothing new. We’ve always had female leaders, and Scouts is now open to people of all genders. Girls first joined Scouts in 1976 as Venture Scouts, the section that used to be for 15 to 20 year olds. We started welcoming girls into other sections in 1991; since 2007, groups have had to accept girls into all sections.

Sian Parton, was one of the first Scouts to join her Group in 1991 and later became a Beaver Scout Leader:

‘I was 11 at the time and joined at the first opportunity because I wanted more adventurous things to do. We would often be at local events and someone would address us as boys, either because they forgot girls were there or because they naturally used the term – I never took offence at this, but I always enjoyed correcting them!

‘All the boys in my Troop were brilliant and really looked out for us. I think there used to be leaders who believed girls could never do what the boys did, and that we were never going to be capable of doing an assault course or getting our hands dirty...

‘Being among one of the first girls in our group I can honestly say we all gave 100% to our Scouting and proved a lot of people wrong. Our group continues to have a successful mix of both boys and girls and has done for many, many years.

‘I believe girls joining Scouts was a positive step for the whole movement – there are lots of reasons for this, but I think the main one is that it’s made Scouts accessible to all. I think it’s also boosted numbers in many parts of the country (we have had more girls than boys in our section sometimes) and I think it made the Scouts more appealing and modern.’


Play the game

  1. Explain to everyone that they will be watching a video and working together as a team to discover who the famous faces are. Explain that during the video, only part of the picture will be visible. 
  2. Play the video above until the first picture shows.
  3. Continue to reveal the image by letting the video play. After each new slide, you could press pause so everyone can chat about who the picture might feature.

We’ve included some ‘Clues and facts for each famous face’ below to help everyone guess the person in the picture.

  1. When everyone can see the whole picture, they should talk about why this woman is changing the world we live in.
  2. Repeat steps two to five with the other pictures.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

  • She’s the first woman to hold the post of Joint President of Scouts in our 113-year history.
  • She was a Beaver and Cub Scout Leader in Anglesey.
  • She supports a variety of charities for young people, the arts and sports, and outdoor education.
  • She’s particularly passionate about tackling the stigma around mental health, and launched the Heads Together initiative in 2017.

Amandla Stenberg

  • They’re an actress and singer; they’ve starred in films like ‘The Hate You Give’, ‘Everything, Everything’ and ‘The Hunger Games’.
  • In 2015, they released the YouTube video Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows, a powerful statement confronting the controversy of cultural appropriation, targeting white pop stars in particular. 
  • They teamed up with Teen Vogue to create the #BlackGirlMagic campaign in 2016.
  • They were named a ‘TIME Next Generation Leader’, received the 2019 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award, and used their acceptance speech to advocate for LGBTQ+ visibility.

Anita Rani

  • She’s one of our Scout Ambassadors.
  • She’s an RST Award winning presenter, who hosts ‘Countryfile’, ‘War on Plastics’, ‘Four Rooms’ and is a regular team member on ‘The One Show’.
  • In 2016 she visited the Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan, creating a two-part documentary ‘The Refugee Camp: our desert home’ where refugees shared their stories.
  • She also hosted the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards 2017in Geneva – an evening to celebrate the individuals and organisations providing outstanding service to refugees and displaced and stateless people.

Katie Piper

  • She’s a best-selling author, TV presenter, podcast host and public speaker.
  • In 2009, she shared her story of surviving and acid attack in a Channel 4 ‘Cutting Edge’ documentary.
  • The same year, she created a charity to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and communities.
  • In 2018, she opened a residential burn and scar rehabilitation centre.

Greta Thunberg

  • She began a global movement in 2018 by spending her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament with a sign that said ‘school strike for climate’.
  • Over the following 16 months, she addressed heads of state at the UN, met with the Pope, and challenged then US President Donald Trump on the reality of climate change and the urgent need for global action.
  • She inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history. 
  • She was named TIME Person of the Year 2019.

Malala Yousafzai

  • When Taliban took control of her town in Swat Valley, Pakistan her school was closed down. In 2012, she spoke out against this, championing the right for girls to access education.
  • Shortly after her speech, she was targeted and shot by a masked gunman.
  • After many surgeries and long periods of rehabilitation, she joined her family in their new home in the U.K. and made the decision to keep fighting for girls’ rights to education.
  • She established the Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses.
  • She received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014, becoming the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.

Jazz Jennings

  • She is an LGBTQ+ activist, YouTuber and TV star.
  • She lobbied the US Soccer Federation into creating a trans-inclusive policy.
  • She began sharing her transition journey at six years old. She made a documentary for the Oprah Winfrey Network and a reality series that started in 2015 and is in its sixth season.
  • She is an honorary co-founder of TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which aims to enhance the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families.

Ellie Simmonds

  • She’s one of our Scout Ambassadors.
  • At just 13, she won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing; and the following year become the youngest person ever to receive an MBE.
  • Now an OBE holder, she has won 13 world titles, 10 European titles, and three further gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics.
  • She is a patron for Dwarf Sports Association UK and is a WaterAid ambassador.

Kamala Harris

  • She became Vice President of the United States of America in January 2021; she’s the first women, the first Black American and the first Scout Asian American to hold this position.
  • As San Francisco’s District Attorney from 2003 to 2010, she started a programme to provide first-time drug offenders second chances with the opportunity to earn a high school degree and find a job.
  • After being elected California Attorney General in 2010, she won a $20 billion settlement for California homeowners against big banks that were unfairly taking possession of homes. She also worked to protect Obamacare, helped win marriage equality for all, defended California’s landmark climate change law and won a $1.1 billion settlement against a for-profit education company that scammed students and veterans.
  • Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Kamala has introduced and co-sponsored legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15, reform cash bail, and defend the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.

Saray Khumalo

  • She’s our newest Scout Ambassador.
  • She’s an award-winning mountaineer who was the first Black African woman to reach the South Pole and the top of Mount Everest.
  • Through mountaineering, she has raised over 1.5 million South African Rand towards literacy and education in Africa. She’s supported initiatives for Kids Haven and the Lunch Box Fund and she’d built four libraries as a Mandela Libraries ambassador.
  • She created Summits with a Purpose to encourage African young people to participate in exploration, education, outdoor activities, and entrepreneurship as they contribute to the economic wellbeing of their communities.


According to the World Economic Forum, ‘none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children’. Gender parity is when women and men are able to equally contribute to all aspects of life, from holding senior management positions and political roles to earning to same amount and having the same legal rights.

This icebreaker celebrated 10 incredible women who are making the world a fairer place for everyone, whatever their gender, race, ability, or geographic location. There are many people who paved the way for this, and many more taking action right now. As the World Economic Forum explains, there’s still a long way (and a long time – almost 100 years) to go before we have global gender equality.

Below are some of the global changes that need to have to make gender parity a reality. Encourage everyone to point out the areas listed where the famous faces in this quiz are making a difference, and then think of some ways they can help. This could be through spreading awareness, lobbying local government, or joining global campaigns.

  • More women in political leadership positions. Women have secured just 25% of available parliamentary positions.
  • More female presidents and prime ministers. In the past 50 years, 85 states have had no female head of state.
  • More women empowered and able to work. Only 55% of women aged 15-64 are engaged in the labour market as opposed to 78% of men.
  • All women allowed to open bank accounts and apply for credit cards. There are 72 countries where women are barred from opening bank accounts or obtaining credit.
  • Reduce unpaid female work. There is no country where men spend the same amount of time on unpaid work as women. In countries where the ratio is lowest, it’s still 2:1.


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe. Take a look at our online safety or bullying guidance. The NSPCC offers more advice and guidance, too. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection CommandAs always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare, including their online experiences, follow the Yellow Card to make a report.

If people struggle to guess the names of the women in each picture, encourage them to guess their job or the impact they’ve made.

Make sure you spend enough time on each slide so that everyone has the chance to look closely at the picture. If anyone’s likely to find it tricky to look at the images on a screen, you could suggest using a bigger screen – like a television – for this activity.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Create your own famous faces game with the women who inspire you.

If anyone’s feeling confident, give them the opportunity to lead the discussion about an incredible woman.