Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Remembering in 2009

April fools day in the USA marks the beginning of the month after "Women's History Month," or March. In Canada, it's October. Deborah Siegal posted a “Women’s History Meme” last week to keep us all remembering in 2009. Here's her quiz to test your knowledge, and a link to the answers and the meme below that:

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. 15
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. When did both a woman and an African American run for both the U.S. presidency and the U.S. vice-presidency in the same year (and who were they)?
A. 2008 (Hillary Clinton, white woman; Barack Obama, black man - pres. candidates; Sarah Palin, white woman - VP candidate)
B. 1972 (Shirley Chisholm, black woman - pres. candidate; numerous white men selected as VP candidates).
C. 1872 before either African Americans or women could vote (Victoria Claflin Woodhull, white woman - pres. candidate; Frederick Douglas, black man - Woodhull's VP candidate).
D. All of the above

Siegal gives the answers to questions 1 - 6 above here. The answer to question 7 can be found here. Watch Siegal on the Today Show, where she gives another set of questions and explains the answers. (Quizes from 2007 are here and here).

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