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26 March 2009 @ 06:16 am
Women's History Month Quiz  
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Deborah Siegel, over at Girl w/ Pen, is trying to start a little infectious blog quiz. If you've got one, paste these questions and add one of your own, then post it up at your blog so we can spread the knowledge.

1. In 2009, women make up what percent of the U.S. Congress?
A. 3%
B. 17%
C. 33%
D. 50%

2. How many CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are female?
A. 12
B. 28
C. 59
D. 84

3. Who was the first First Lady to create her own media presence (ie hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and a monthly magazine column, and host a weekly radio show)?
A. Eleanor Roosevelt
B. Jacqueline Kennedy
C. Pat Nixon
D. Hillary Clinton

4. The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced to Congress in:
A. 1923
B. 1942
C. 1969
D. 1971

5. Who was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
A. Phyllis Wheatley
B. Alice Walker
C. Toni Morrison
D. Maya Angelou

6. What percentage of union members are women today?
A. 10%
B. 25%
C. 35%
D. 45%

7. What year did the Griswold v. Connecticut decision guarantee married women the right to birth control?
A. 1960
B. 1965
C. 1969
D. 1950

8. Who is widely believed to be the first feminist in North America?
A. Susan B. Anthony
B. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
C. Sojourner Truth
D. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Answers after the jump...


ANSWERS: 1:B, 2:A, 3:A, 4:A, 5:C, 6:D, 7:B 8:D

I added 8 (which I learned in a Women's History class). Reference:
http://www.soulcast.com/post/show/55607/Sor-Juana:-The-Ideal-Feminist

Excerpt:

In her writings unlike her contemporaries, she also includes in a positive light Black and Indigenous characters as Ortega says. However, her focus remains social stratification and gender policies in our view. In her most famous poem and perhaps most famous piece of work entitled, You Men, she denounces the sexism of the time. She satirizes men whom denounce prostitution because for her they also advocate it and the benefit economily from it. The poem is a call to arms for women to advocate for their rights. The most famous excerpt of this poem says:
You foolish men, who denounce women in unjust remonstrance, not seeing you yourselves, are cause of that which you accuse us of.
After you've won by urgent plea
the right to tarnish her good name,
You still expect her to behave--
you that coaxed her into shame.
For Sor Juana the poem exemplifies the dichotomy that in order for the woman to be “good” she must be both the virgin and the whore. She mocks the double standard by which the patriarchal l society functions. She urges women, not to depend on men and to disdain them. In this poem, Sor Juana urges women to abandon subjugation. What the Gonzalez calls “the male dominated culture of silence.” . This male dominated society is the root of all evil in her own terms its “arrogance is allied with the world, the flesh, and the devil”( Gonzalez 92-5).



Additional challenge: post something about a woman from history you admire.
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