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  1. Ben
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    It was genius of the Medieval Christian missionaries (in #5) to equate Lif with Eve. Sycretisms such as this have been used throughout history.

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  2. Liam Flaherty
    Liam Flaherty at |

    I found it interesting to analyze the parallels present in several of the “first woman” stories. Notably, it is interesting that both the Ancient Greek story of Pandora and the Bible story of Eve depict women as the manufacturer of human suffering: Eve by eating from the Tree of Knowledge, and Pandora from opening her pithos.

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  3. Frankie Alvarez
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    Its pretty crazy to think we will never be able to identify the true origin of our species. Obviously Eve is the most well known of the 10, but each carries a pretty intriguing history.

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  4. Kevin
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    Pandora obviously was because they named a music streaming service after her

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  5. Max Bechara
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    Eve was no doubt the first woman of the world

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  6. Jonathan Beard
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    It made sense to me that Eve was number one after many years in PSR and going to church. I found it interesting to learn about Lilith who I did not know is regarded as Adam’s wife prior to Eve in Medieval Jewish folklore.

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  7. Marlene Villa
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    I did not really know about the “first women” other than the ones ranked as the first three. In regards to Lif, I thought it was interesting how Christians at that time, in order to convert Scandinavians, related Lif to Eve. It was a really impressive way to connect the two and gain believers.

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  8. Joe Kleinmann
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    As a science major, the piece looking at mitochondrial DNA really grabbed my attention. I just finished up a genetics course in which we looked at how mitochondrial DNA is a very good indicator of mapping inheritance both geographically and historically.
    Overall, this article branched into many intriguing theories of the origin of humans and women in specific. I enjoy hearing and seeing the possible evidence behind these types of ideas.

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  9. mmahoney17
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    I found the story of Lucy to be particularly interesting, but there is no doubt that Eve has been pervasive in monotheistic culture and must be considered influential as a result.

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  10. AB
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    This article was very interesting and i believe that Eve was the first woman also.

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  11. A Duncan
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    It was really neat to learn about historical women. I find it funny that Pandora the Goddess who punished men with the evils of the world now is the huge jewelry store Pandora.

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  12. APG
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    Being raised and living as a Christian there just really doesn’t seem room to disagree with Eve being first, but most of the other possibilities are really cool to hear about. I remember learning about Lucy in my 6th grade Social Studies class so I find that theory slightly more believable than others.

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  13. Greg B
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    Eve is easily number one as i have been going to catholic school since kindergarten.

    It is easy to see that Adam and Eve were the first two human beings. However, Lilith was quite interesting since I did not know much about her story.

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  14. Andrew Orie
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    Having been through catholic school since pre-school, Eve is the easy choice for me, but I also found Pandora pretty interesting.

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  15. Tevin Knerr
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    I find this very interesting and i believe eve was the first .

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  16. Erin R
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    I too believe that life began with Adam and Eve but the history and stories behind the other nine are interesting as well. I do find the story of Lilith to be rather interesting considering she is not commonly mentioned in modern Jewish faith from what I understand.

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  17. Zachary Zupancic
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    Eve is the easy choice for me. However, all this information about the other 9 is incredibly interesting.

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  18. Clayton Cassidy
    Clayton Cassidy at |

    I am most familiar with the creation story of Adam and Eve as I come from a Christian Background. It was really interesting for me to hear that there is an alternative version of Eve known as Lilith who is associated with demons! It is crazy to think that we all may have come from the same mitochondrial DNA lineage. We even may have come from the same tree as many of the myths show the women growing from trees. I am glad to see that Lucy was found by a team at Kent State!

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  19. rpugliese16
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    Interesting, I have never heard of any of these except for Pandora and of course Eve. Great read.

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  20. JV
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    This article was very interesting, especially about Lucy with how much of her skeleton they were able to discover.

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  21. SRP
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    I think that Eve is the best fit for explaining the first women and how she had such an impact on ancient civilization. I also find the story of Lucy to be very interesting. I think that it is cool that someone from Kent helped to find and determine the remains. Overall I think that women did were a big part of accident civilization.

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  22. David Crowley
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    Eve is the definite choice for number one. She was the first women in the world and is responsible for so much. All of these women were very influential in the development of our world.

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  23. Matthew Barnewall
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    Any of the first women with scientific backing could be the first in our history. My knowledge on the subject is limited, so I couldn’t even attempt at saying which one however.

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  24. Emily Seiter
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    I find the stories of Lif and Embla to be extremely interesting because they both originate from Norse Mythology. It is interesting how the Lif has been related to the Christian story of Adam and Eve, because Eve herself is one of the ten mentioned. It is interesting how across cultures, times and different locations throughout the world how some of these stories of the original women have some basic similarities.

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  25. Cori Anter
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    I found each of the stories of these first women to be extremely interesting. Each story, though as rich as the next, are so different and are filled with such interesting detail about how they are remembered and thought as. My favorite of them all was Lilith. The idea that what we have always believed to have been true within the story of Adam and Eve may not have been true according to Jewish folklore fascinates me.

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  26. Mariam
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    I consider Eve to be the first woman in history because of her appearance in the book of Genesis in The Bible, and her important amongst other major religions.

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  27. Sarah Shaheen
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    I found it very interesting all the stories on the first women and how they all seem to connect in a way.

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  28. Alexa B
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    I found it interesting how the various stories had connections to the others. I found it particularly interesting that a professor from Kent State worked with Ardi and Lucy.

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  29. Megan Arrendale
    Megan Arrendale at |

    It is awesome that all of these stories about these women are told from different cultures. I find it interesting that some cultures believe Adam was married to Lilith before Eve came along.

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  30. Matt M
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    I find it very interesting the amount of stories that exists on how the first women came to be and how we so many years later look at how these stories came to be

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  31. MMA
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    I found it interesting that each culture has a different way women came to be. You also see throughout this article the difference between the science perspective and the religious perspective.

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  32. Sydney K
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    It is pretty cool to know that the curator for Lucy, Donald Carl Johanson was from my hometown of CLE!

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  33. CCreamer
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    Its amazing to see that 40% of Lucy’s skeleton remains after over 3 million years.

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  34. Emily S.
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    HS-196 Spring 16
    The fact that many cultures developed similar theories and stories of how the first humans, specifically women came about is particularly interesting to me. Embla and Lif are the two women from this article I would be interested in learning more about because I had never heard of them and do not know much about Norse mythology. I found the story of Lilith to be extremely interesting in such that because she refused to be subservient to man and was then demonized and viewed as monstrous in multiple stories showing mans early dislike/fear of strong willed women which occurs repeatedly throughout history and today across many cultures.

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  35. JL
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    This article shows that women have played a major role in civilizations throughout history.

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  36. EP
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    This was interesting to read about the other mothers of humankind. I had never heard of Lilith, but I appreciate her unwillingness to be subservient to a man!

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  37. Cheyenne Johnson
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    this is very interesting, i like reading about the different women and what they did throughout history

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  38. Anthony Jones
    Anthony Jones at |

    It’s always interesting to trace back to how the modern day humans came to be. It’s crazy that there are so many different females who played a role in creating modern day humans.

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  39. NBeauchemin
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    It’s interesting how all of mankind can be genetically traced back to a single male and female in North Africa. How far back does the story of Lilith go? From what I understand the Ancient Hebrews believed real heavy into an angelic and demonic hierarchy, and I have heard Lilith mentioned quite a bit as the first human soul corrupted. I just wonder if it’s something Emperor Constantine omitted from the final edit.

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  40. Madison Ertle
    Madison Ertle at |

    I have always believed Eve as the first woman because it is all I have ever known and been taught. Though this article is very interesting to me because I have never heard most of these view points!

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  41. abyrd
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    I love the story of Lilith. It’s one that most people have no idea about, or they do know about it but just do not realize until they hear it again.

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  42. rhammel
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    I believe Eve was truly the first woman. I think it is interesting how many of them parallel with her and each other.

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  43. nate haller
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    This article to me was interesting to me as to find out the scientists that found Lucy named her after a song. Also I found out that some of these women date back before they say eve was around very cool read.

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  44. LW
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    This is a very interesting list of women. Of course Eve is my favorite. Something that I learned in this article is how scientists named Lucy from a Beatles song.

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  45. Pandora
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    I’ve always found the story of Lillith to be interesting. She was cast out of Eden, then she reproduced with demons. The legend goes that her children were born dead and so she went to steal the life out of other children in return. Mothers would sing a lullaby to keep her away. Sometimes she’s portrayed as a succubus instead.

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  46. Ryan W
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    After reading your article, Eve is my favorite “first woman” in history. I did find the fossilized skeletal remains of Ardi and the skeleton remains of Lucy to be interesting. These early hominids proved to be some of the first beings of history.

    -Ryan W

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  47. Lindsay B
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    I am intrigued by the 3.2 million year old skeleton remains of Lucy. Such an amazing, significant discovery of human civilization! I enjoyed reading the article.

    – Lindsay

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  48. Yevgeniy
    Yevgeniy at |

    Ahhh Not one of my favirote top tens, but intersting to know what women were presumed to be the first in our existence. Interesting to know what the truth really is!! We may never know…

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  49. Ryan Kidd
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    I found the story behind Lilith interesting, I always thought she was more of a demonish figure from the beginning. But know that I know she was supposedly around for the creation of Adam is intriguing!

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  50. Nate G
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    I definitely found Lilith to be the most interesting. I had never heard her story before and the idea that she was Adam’s wife before Eve is something that i had no notion about. Is she mentioned in the Bible or anything like that?

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  51. Jessica Purgert
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    Attendance for Fri. April 5th.

    To comment along with someone else was saying earlier, these are all very interesting examples of women evolving overtime and makes further theories I have always believed of Eve being the 1st woman. Interesting article, neat points.

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  52. Kenny Janz
    Kenny Janz at |

    This list defiantly gave me a new perspective on the history of women. The 3.2 million year old bones of Lucy are really interesting.

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  53. Chelsea
    Chelsea at |

    Dr. Zarzeczny,
    This article was very intriguing and gave me a whole new look on how women came about and evolved. I never really thought of it as how the first woman was actually “discovered” or arose in time. I think the part about Lilith is extremely interesting being that many view Eve as the first woman; however, the idea that Lilith actually came first throws an interesting spin on history.
    Chelsea

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  54. Adam Lenhart
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    I find it curious that every first woman, in some way, draws back to the account of Adam and Eve or Noah, whether on purpose or on accident. It almost sounds like all these other “first women” could be made up stories based on man’s unwillingness to accept the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Of course, others would argue that we cannot really know what is “true.” I merely know that I feel a little more certain in what I know than in what other people believe.

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    1. zentierra
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      Actually, some of these first-woman accounts/legends predate Eve, meaning that the “Christian” version is among the newest interpretations.

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      1. Adam Lenhart
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        That could possibly be true, but, since Moses wrote the book of Genesis as dictated to him by God, the question is then when did Moses live and possibly write the book of Genesis as compared to all the other legends out there?

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  55. Alexus
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    The article on the top 10 first women of civilization is really interesting considering I never knew there were different speculations of how the world came upon. Out of all of the women I found Lilith the most interesting because it mentions how she was created the same time as Adam from the story of Adam and Eve.

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  56. D Morrisnewell
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    This list was interesting to learn about the various theories of the origins of mankind; woman in particular. I took from this list not only the theories about woman’s origins, but the meaning behind, “Opening Pandora’s Box”. Very interesting indeed 🙂

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  57. Tyler
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    Its always interesting to know the several different speculations of of how the world came upon the start of civilization for women. The entry on Pandora is pretty interesting especially with the fact that she makes a cameo in God of War, a game i have enjoyed in the past.

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS
      Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Dear Tyler,

      Have you played God of War Ascension yet? I bought it, but have been grading midterms and so have not yet had a chance to play that or some of the other games I purchased in March. Just curious how it is?

      Best,

      MZ

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  58. Joker
    Joker at |

    I was always under the impression that scandanavian countries were predominantly athiest, not Christian.

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    1. FMH
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      They are predominantly theist, with lower percentages of Christians than most European countries. They are not really atheist since according to the polls most people have some belief in a higher power.

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      1. Joker
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        Cool, thanks for the info.

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  59. Mike Giaimo
    Mike Giaimo at |

    Lilith seems very interesting to me. I’ve seen her appearance on those two shows but I never knew the background for the character nor the folklore behind her. Honestly I never thought about her when it came to Adam and Eve. But her backstory seems very interesting and well worth researching.

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  60. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS
    Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

    Thanks for posting my list! I just wanted to let readers know that I have published a book of lists considered too controversial for advertisers and it includes one that was once posted on this site but later removed. That list is included with the permission of the site owner. If you are curious what is too hot for the web, please see http://www.amazon.com/Banned-Internet-Controversial-Top-Lists/dp/1483934721/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364151292&sr=8-2&keywords=Banned+from+the+Internet and http://www.amazon.com/Banned-from-the-Internet-ebook/dp/B00BYUUMBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364151292&sr=8-1&keywords=Banned+from+the+Internet

    Enjoy! 😉

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