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Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were popular picks for dinner-party guests. Illustration: Trent Joaquin; Sources: Getty Images

As part of this year’s Women Trailblazers issue, we asked our honorees to pick four iconoclastic women from throughout history who they would invite to a dinner party—and to imagine what the conversation would be like. Several names came up more than once, including Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a certain Celtic queen. A number of pop stars received enthusiastic endorsements. And there were quite a few would-be guests who were or are just as outstanding but are less known. Two of them are legendary for either dressing like a man or claiming the privileges and rights of one when polite parlor conversation, pretty curls and rosy cheeks were the highest expectations for women. Have we come a long way, baby? It depends on who you ask and how you define “long way.” For now, let’s dive into these dream-team dinner parties, where the sky is the only limit, and even that is up for debate…

kristina.feliciano@adweek.com Kristina Feliciano is the features editor at Adweek.