March is Women’s History Month. (Don’t say we never taught you anything.) Here are a few questions from the National Women’s History Project to test your knowledge of women in history … at least in this country:
1. Who was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
2. What black woman refused to give up her seat to a white man, in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, thus sparking the civil rights movement of the following decade?
3. Who was the first woman to run for president of the United States?
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. What leading suffragist was arrested and convicted of attempting to vote in the 1872 election?
7. Who was the first Chinese-American woman ever elected to hold a statewide office in the United States?
8. What journalist traveled around the world in 72 days in 1890?
9. What woman was turned down by 29 medical schools before being accepted as a student, graduating at the head of her class and becoming the first licensed woman doctor in the U.S.?
10. When was the Equal Rights Amendment first introduced into Congress? And when did it pass?
Answers: 1. Toni Morrison; 2. Rosa Parks; 3. Victoria Woodhull (1872); 4. Jane Addams; 5. Nancy Lopez; 6. Susan B. Anthony; 7. March Fong Eu (California Secretary of State); 8. Nellie Bly; 9. Elizabeth Blackwell; 10. 1923; it hasn’t.
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