Women’s History Month Quiz

20 Women’s History Questions:

Can You Identify These Women of Great Vision and Achievement?

  1. Who became the first female Secretary of State of the United States, appointed by President Clinton in 1997?
  2. Who took over management of Columbia Sportswear Company in the late 1930′s, when it was near bankruptcy, and turned it into the largest American ski apparel company worth $4 billion in 1972?
  3. Who was the first woman in modern history to lead a major Native-American tribe, the Cherokee Nation?
  4. Who was the first American woman poet whose poetry was published in London in 1650?
  5. Who is considered the first American woman to be ordained by full denominational authority in 1864, and who also campaigned vigorously for full woman suffrage?
  6. Who was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress and was a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus?
  7. Who was the ecologist writer whose path breaking book, “Silent Spring” in 1962 initiated the environmental movement?
  8. Who was the first black woman and the youngest poet laureate in American history when she was appointed in 1993?
  9. Who was imprisoned and then hanged for her Quaker faith in Boston in 1660, and 400 years later her statue was placed in front of the state House?
  10. Who was the female lawyer who worked for equal rights and suffrage, co-founded the ACLU in 1910, and helped write the Equal Rights Amendment?
  11. Who led the fight to criminalize lynching, helped form the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and aided many black people who migrated from the South to Chicago?
  12. Who became the first female president of Harvard University when she was named its 28th president in 2007?
  13. Who became the first woman vice-president candidate on a major political party ticket when selected in 1984?
  14. Who volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War, earning the nickname “Mother,” and after peace became an attorney advocating for veterans?
  15. Who was the United States delegate to the United Nations who championed and won approval of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948?
  16. Who earned a graduate degree from Oberlin College in 1888, was the first black woman to serve on a Board of Education (in D.C.), sued to integrate restaurants in the 1950′s, integrated the American Association of University Women at age 85, and was a founding member of NAACP?
  17. Who wrote “The Feminine Mystique” in 1968 and became a leading figure in the Women’s Movement?
  18. Who was the first woman promoted to brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force (1971) and the first female major general in any armed forces in 1973?
  19. Who was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy credited with developing the COBOL computer language, and with coining the phrase “debugging” to fix a computer?
  20. Who was one of the first black physicians in New York City and the first black woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital medical school in 1926?

Answers:

  1. Madeleine Albright (b. 1937)
  2. Gertrude Boyle (b. 1925)
  3. Wilma Mankiller (1945 – 2010)
  4. Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672)
  5. Olympia Brown (1835 – 1926)
  6. Patsy Mink (1927-2002)
  7. Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)
  8. Rita Dove (b. 1952)
  9. Mary Dyer (c. 1611 – 1660)
  10. Crystal Eastman (1881 – 1928)
  11. Ida Wells-Barnett (1862 – 1931)
  12. Drew Gilpin Faust (b. 1947)
  13. Geraldine Ferraro (b. 1935)
  14. Mary Bickerdyke (1817 – 1901)
  15. Eleanor Roosevelt  Oct. 11, 1884- Nov. 7, 1962
  16. Mary Church Terrell (1863 – 1954)
  17. Betty Friedan (1921 – 2006)
  18. Major General Jeanne Holm (1921 – 2010)
  19. Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Hopper (1906 – 1992)
  20. May Chinn (1896 – 1980)

Source: National Women’s History Project found at http://nwhp.org/.

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