Women's History Month Trivia

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:15am

In honor of March being Women's History Month, we're having a trivia contest. Please do not use the internet to answer the questions—just try your best! The class with the most answers will receive a fabulous prize.

1. While she was not the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, she was the first woman to accomplish the feat. She disappeared in 1937 along with her navigator somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Who was this woman, who inspired a generation of aviators in her attempt to circumnavigate the globe by air?

2. On October 24th, 1975, over 90% of the women in this country refused to work or perform household tasks in order to protest gender inequality. Over 10% of the total population rallied and marched in the capital that day. Just five years later, this country elected their first female president. What is the name of this small European country? 

3. Gertrude Ederle was an American swimmer and Olympic athlete. She won 1 gold and 2 bronze medals at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Ederle is best known for being the first woman to swim across what European body of water in 1926?

4. This 19th century Marylander successfully led African American troops on a raid against Confederate plantations in South Carolina, becoming the first American woman to direct combat operations. She is best remembered for her work freeing slaves via the Underground Railroad. Who was she?

5. The niece of a former president, she was also one of the most active first ladies in history. She pushed for civil rights reform and served as a delegate to the United Nations, helping to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Who was this American woman, who served as First Lady longer than any other person?

6. Violet Palmer made history in 1997 when she became the first female referee in any major U.S. pro sport, and the first woman to officiate for a playoff game in 2006. Which US professional sports league had the first female referee?

7. In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow made Academy Award history as the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. Her film was about a US Army bomb squad in Iraq, and it won six Academy Awards. What was the name of this film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow?

8. This famous WWII female icon has a few different origin stories: some say she’s based off a contemporary Canadian symbol “Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl.” Others say she was inspired by Rose Will Monroe, a Michigan factory worker. Who was this notable American woman, best known for her slogan "We Can Do It!"

9. In 1983, Sally Ride made history by becoming the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. However, the honor of being the first woman in space went to Valentina Tereshkova who flew on Vostok 6. Which country sent the very first woman to space in 1963?

10. After decades of agitation and protest, women finally achieved full suffrage in the United States in 1920 with the passage of which amendment to the Constitution?

11. Which country, a former British colony, was the first to grant full female suffrage in 1893?

12. Ching Shih (“ching shee”) was female pirate in the 19th century. Commanding 1500 ships and 80,000 sailors in her "Red Flag Fleet," she is considered by many to be the most successful pirate in history. What country did this famous female pirate come from?

13. This Maryland native has set multiple world records in swimming, including in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics this summer. She won the 800 meter gold medal final by more than 11 seconds. Who is this woman, who at only 20 years old has won 5 Olympic gold medals in swimming?

14. This woman started her career as a teacher in California. However, as she once said, “I couldn't tolerate seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.” What is the name of this famous labor organizer and activist, the founder of the United Farm Workers, or UFW?

15. This famous Mexican painter is best known for her self-portraits. She married fellow painter Diego Rivera in 1929 and was an advocate for Communism—even assisting exiled Soviet leader Leon Trotsky. What is the name of this painter, perhaps best remembered for the unibrow motif that shows up in many of her paintings?

16. Clara Barton was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” due to her work in the American Civil War helping injured men on the battlefield and identifying missing soldiers. Later, she would serve the same type of role in the Franco-Prussian War. She parlayed her war experience into founding what famous medical organization in the United States?

17. During the Great Depression, writer Rachel Carson became Editor-in-Chief of all publications for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She used this experience to publish several articles and books about the natural world. In 1962 Rachel Carson wrote a famous book that attacked the use of pesticides and helped shape America’s environmental consciousness. What was the name of this book?

18. Before Joan Ganz Cooney came along, most children’s TV shows focused on entertainment, not education. Cooney raised funds to create the Children’s Television Workshop, which debuted its most famous show in 1969. What is this long-running children’s show, the most successful show in the history of PBS?