Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Test Your Knowledge/Learn Something New

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
~Pearl Buck

March is National Women's History Month, so here's a little quiz for you from the National Women's History Project. Scroll down for the answers.

1. What journalist traveled around the world in 72 days in 1890? (She is in the photo above.)

2. What woman was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

3. Who was the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872)?

4. Who opened up social work as a profession for women, and also won the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize for her anti-war organizing work?

5. Which Mexican-American woman has repeatedly been the leading money winner in the Ladies Professional Golf Association?

6. Who was the first woman Poet Laureate of the United States?

7. Who was the last queen of the Hawaiian Islands, deposed because American business interests wanted to annex Hawaii to the U.S.?

8. Who spoke out for the advancement of American Indians’ rights from speaker’s platforms nationwide and before Congressional committees in the 1880s?

9. About 20,000 women shirtwaist workers staged a strike for better working conditions. Their action was called the “Uprising of the 20,000.” When and where did this strike occur?

10. What woman was invited to teach nuclear physics at Princeton University, even though no female students were allowed to study there?

11. What woman is credited with helping free more than 2,000 Chinese women and children smuggled into San Francisco to be sold as slaves?



1. Nellie Bly (1867-1922), real name Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman
2. Toni Morrison (b. 1931)
3. Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927)
4. Jane Addams (1860-1935)
5. Nancy Lopez (b. 1957)
6. Rita Dove (b. 1952)
7. Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917)
8. Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)
9. 1909, New York City
10. Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)
11. Donaldina Cameron (1869-1968)


madelyn said...

You can put me in the "learn something" column. My knowledge here was pretty poor.

Tabatha said...

A bunch of this was new to me, also. I always get excited by the story possibilities. Doesn't it seem like there are lots of artistic springboards from the lives of these folks?