Women’s Equality Day

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Womens Equality Day - Quiz


To help observe Women's Equality Day, See how much you know about the history of women's suffrage and some women's political history in the United States and around the world.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    August 26th is celebrated as Women's Equality Day to commemorate...

    • A.

      The work women did during the Second World War

    • B.

      The anniversary of women winning the right to vote

    • C.

      The flappers of the 1920's

    • D.

      The contemporary women's rights movement

    Correct Answer
    B. The anniversary of women winning the right to vote
    Explanation
    August 26th is celebrated as Women's Equality Day to commemorate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote. This day recognizes the efforts and sacrifices made by women in the past to secure their right to vote, which was a significant milestone in the fight for gender equality. It serves as a reminder of the progress made and the ongoing struggle for women's rights and equal opportunities.

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  • 2. 

    Who was the first woman on U.S. soil to publicly demand the vote?           

    • A.

      Mary Wollstonecraft, author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    • B.

      Margaret Brent, a southern landowner

    • C.

      Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a northern abolitionist

    Correct Answer
    B. Margaret Brent, a southern landowner
    Explanation
    Margaret Brent, a southern landowner, was the first woman on U.S. soil to publicly demand the vote. This means that she was the first woman to openly advocate for women's suffrage and the right to vote. Mary Wollstonecraft, while an influential women's rights advocate, was not from the United States and did not specifically demand the vote on U.S. soil. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, although a prominent figure in the women's suffrage movement, was not the first to publicly demand the vote. Therefore, the correct answer is Margaret Brent.

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  • 3. 

    In what year did women in the United States win the right to vote?

    • A.

      1776

    • B.

      1848

    • C.

      1920

    Correct Answer
    C. 1920
    Explanation
    In 1920, women in the United States won the right to vote through the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment prohibited any citizen from being denied the right to vote based on their sex. Prior to this, women had been fighting for suffrage for many years, with the women's suffrage movement gaining significant momentum in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The passage of the 19th Amendment was a major milestone in the history of women's rights and marked a significant step towards gender equality in the United States.

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  • 4. 

    Who said "Failure is Impossible"?                     

    • A.

      Amelia Earhart

    • B.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    • C.

      Susan B Anthony

    • D.

      Phillis Schlafly

    Correct Answer
    C. Susan B Anthony
    Explanation
    Susan B Anthony said "Failure is Impossible." This quote is often attributed to her because of her tireless advocacy for women's suffrage and equal rights. Anthony dedicated her life to fighting for women's rights and played a crucial role in the women's suffrage movement in the United States. She believed strongly in the cause and was determined to achieve success, refusing to accept failure as an option. This quote encapsulates her unwavering commitment and determination to achieve equality for women, making her a prominent figure in the fight for women's rights.

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  • 5. 

    How many years did it take for women to win the right to vote in the United States?

    • A.

      72 years

    • B.

      120 years

    • C.

      20 years

    • D.

      51 years

    Correct Answer
    A. 72 years
    Explanation
    (from the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848 to 1920)

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  • 6. 

    What was the name given to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guaranteed women's right to vote in the United States.

    • A.

      Abigail Adams Amendment

    • B.

      Sojourner Truth Amendment

    • C.

      Susan B. Anthony Amendment

    • D.

      Gloria Steinem Amendment

    Correct Answer
    C. Susan B. Anthony Amendment
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Susan B. Anthony was a prominent suffragist and women's rights advocate in the United States. She played a crucial role in the women's suffrage movement and dedicated her life to fighting for women's right to vote. While the 19th Amendment is commonly referred to as the "Susan B. Anthony Amendment," it was officially named the "Anthony Amendment" in honor of her contributions. This amendment was a significant milestone in achieving gender equality and granting women the right to vote in the United States.

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  • 7. 

    Which constitutional amendment granted U.S. women suffrage?    

    • A.

      The Fifteenth Amendment

    • B.

      The Nineteenth Amendment

    • C.

      The Twenty-sixth Amendment

    Correct Answer
    B. The Nineteenth Amendment
    Explanation
    The Nineteenth Amendment granted U.S. women suffrage. This amendment, ratified in 1920, prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on gender. It was a significant milestone in the women's rights movement, as it finally granted women the right to participate in the democratic process and have their voices heard through voting.

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  • 8. 

    Women who worked for women's right to vote were called

    • A.

      Radical

    • B.

      Immoral

    • C.

      Suffragist

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above" because women who worked for women's right to vote were often considered radical and immoral by society. The suffragist movement challenged traditional gender roles and norms, which was seen as radical and immoral at the time. Therefore, all three terms accurately describe the women who fought for women's suffrage.

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  • 9. 

    The term suffragist is derived from

    • A.

      One who suffers

    • B.

      A voting tablet in ancient times

    • C.

      The Constitution

    • D.

      The Bill of Rights

    Correct Answer
    B. A voting tablet in ancient times
    Explanation
    The term suffragist is derived from "a voting tablet in ancient times." In ancient times, people used voting tablets to cast their votes in various elections. The term suffragist originated from the Latin word "suffragium," which referred to these voting tablets. Over time, the term suffragist came to be associated with individuals who advocated for the right to vote, particularly for women. These individuals fought for equal voting rights and played a crucial role in the women's suffrage movement.

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  • 10. 

    What was the first country that granted women the right to vote?

    • A.

      Canada

    • B.

      Germany

    • C.

      New Zealand

    • D.

      United Kingdom

    Correct Answer
    C. New Zealand
    Explanation
    New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote. In 1893, they passed the Electoral Act, allowing women to vote in parliamentary elections. This was a significant milestone in the women's suffrage movement and set a precedent for other countries to follow.

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  • 11. 

    Who is the highest ranking elected woman in U.S. history?

    • A.

      Condoleezza Rice

    • B.

      Hillary Clinton

    • C.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    • D.

      Nancy Pelosi

    Correct Answer
    D. Nancy Pelosi
    Explanation
    Nancy Pelosi is the correct answer because she holds the record for being the highest-ranking elected woman in U.S. history. Pelosi served as the Speaker of the House, a position that holds significant power and influence in the U.S. government. She became the first woman to hold this position in 2007 and has since been re-elected to the role multiple times. Pelosi's tenure as Speaker of the House solidifies her status as the highest-ranking elected woman in U.S. history.

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  • 12. 

    Who was the first woman seated on the U.S. Supreme Court?

    • A.

      Margaret Sanger

    • B.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    • C.

      Sandra Day O'Connor

    • D.

      Judy Sheindlin ("Judge Judy")

    Correct Answer
    C. Sandra Day O'Connor
    Explanation
    Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman seated on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and served until her retirement in 2006. O'Connor's appointment was a significant milestone for gender equality in the United States, as she paved the way for other women to hold high positions in the judiciary. Throughout her tenure, O'Connor was known for her pragmatic approach to decision-making and often served as the swing vote on important cases. Her impact on the Supreme Court and her role as a trailblazer for women in the legal profession cannot be overstated.

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  • 13. 

    Who was the first woman to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, even though she was not even eligible to vote?

    • A.

      Martha Hughes Cannon

    • B.

      Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    • C.

      Deborah Sampson

    • D.

      Betsy Ross

    Correct Answer
    B. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Explanation
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first woman to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, even though she was not even eligible to vote. Stanton was a prominent figure in the women's suffrage movement and a strong advocate for women's rights. Despite not being able to vote herself, she believed in the importance of women's political participation and ran for office in 1866. Although she did not win the election, her campaign paved the way for future women to enter the political arena and fight for their rights.

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  • 14. 

    The first woman's rights convention in America was held in:

    • A.

      Boston, MA

    • B.

      Seneca Falls, NY

    • C.

      Cheyenne, WY

    • D.

      Jamestown, VA

    Correct Answer
    B. Seneca Falls, NY
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Seneca Falls, NY. The first woman's rights convention in America was held in Seneca Falls, New York. This convention, known as the Seneca Falls Convention, took place in 1848 and was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. It marked the beginning of the women's suffrage movement in the United States and was a significant event in the fight for gender equality.

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  • 15. 

    In 1868, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton began publishing a newspaper. The slogan on the masthead said:

    • A.

      "Failure is impossible."

    • B.

      "A man of quality is not threatened by a woman of equality."

    • C.

      "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."

    Correct Answer
    C. "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less." This slogan reflects the belief of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in advocating for equal rights for women. It emphasizes the idea that women should have the same rights as men, without any limitations or restrictions. This slogan encapsulates their fight for gender equality and the demand for women to be treated as equals in society.

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  • 16. 

    The name of this newspaper published by Anthony and Stanton was:

    • A.

      The Revolution

    • B.

      The Lily

    • C.

      Ms. Magazine

    • D.

      Woman's Journal

    Correct Answer
    A. The Revolution
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Revolution." This newspaper was published by Anthony and Stanton, two prominent figures in the women's suffrage movement. "The Revolution" was a feminist newspaper that advocated for women's rights and equality. It played a crucial role in spreading the ideas of the women's suffrage movement and promoting social and political change.

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  • 17. 

    The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage is identified mostly with which woman suffrage activist?

    • A.

      Alice Paul

    • B.

      Carrie Chapman Catt

    • C.

      Elizabeth Blackwell

    • D.

      Jeannette Rankin

    Correct Answer
    A. Alice Paul
    Explanation
    The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage is primarily associated with Alice Paul. She was a prominent suffragist and feminist who co-founded the National Woman's Party and played a crucial role in advocating for women's right to vote. Paul organized protests, hunger strikes, and pickets outside the White House to pressure President Woodrow Wilson and Congress to support the 19th Amendment. Her dedication and activism greatly contributed to the eventual passage of the amendment, granting women the right to vote in the United States.

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  • 18. 

    Who was the first woman elected to the United States Senate?

    • A.

      Hattie Wyatt Caraway (1931)

    • B.

      Shirley Chisholm (1918)

    • C.

      Rebecca Latimer Felton (1822)

    • D.

      Jeannette Rankin (1917)

    Correct Answer
    A. Hattie Wyatt Caraway (1931)
    Explanation
    Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first woman elected to the United States Senate in 1931. She served as a senator from Arkansas and was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by her late husband. Caraway went on to win the special election for the seat and became the first woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right. Her election marked a significant milestone in women's political representation in the United States.

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  • 19. 

    The First State where women could vote in the national election was:

    • A.

      Massachusetts

    • B.

      Oregon

    • C.

      New York

    • D.

      Wyoming

    Correct Answer
    D. Wyoming
    Explanation
    Wyoming was the first state where women could vote in the national election. This was due to the efforts of suffragettes who campaigned for women's right to vote. In 1869, Wyoming passed a law granting women the right to vote, making it the first state to do so. This was a significant milestone in the women's suffrage movement and paved the way for other states to follow suit.

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  • 20. 

    Who was the first woman to run for President?

    • A.

      Sonia Johnson

    • B.

      Belva Ann Lockwood

    • C.

      Victoria Woodhull

    • D.

      Linda Jenness

    Correct Answer
    C. Victoria Woodhull
    Explanation
    Woodhull was nominated for President of the United States by the newly formed Equal Rights Party on May 10, 1872.

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  • 21. 

    Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to what?

    • A.

      US Congress

    • B.

      Major

    • C.

      Supreme Court Judge

    • D.

      Governor

    Correct Answer
    A. US Congress
    Explanation
    In 1916, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives and the first female member of Congress, sometimes referred to as the Lady of the House.

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  • 22. 

    Who was the first woman to be U.S. Secretary of State?

    • A.

      Elizabeth Dole

    • B.

      Condoleezza Rice

    • C.

      Carol Moseley Braun

    • D.

      Madeline Albright

    Correct Answer
    D. Madeline Albright
    Explanation
    Madeleine Albright is the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State. She was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996.

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  • 23. 

    In 1963 the Business and Professional Women (BPW) group watched as President Kennedy signed this into law?

    • A.

      Title IX

    • B.

      Civil Rights Act

    • C.

      Equal Pay Act

    • D.

      Equal Employment Opportunity Act

    Correct Answer
    C. Equal Pay Act
    Explanation
    The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a United States federal law amending the Fair Labor Standards Act aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex.

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  • 24. 

    When did Congress expanded Women's History Week to a whole month?

    • A.

      1987

    • B.

      1911

    • C.

      1946

    • D.

      1979

    Correct Answer
    A. 1987
    Explanation
    The event began as International Women's Day in 1911. In 1979, the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women's History Week. Then, in 1987, Congress expanded the focus to a whole month.

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  • 25. 

    Who was the first woman to serve as Attorney General?

    • A.

      Hillary Clinton

    • B.

      Condoleezza Rice

    • C.

      Carol Moseley Braun

    • D.

      Janet Reno

    Correct Answer
    D. Janet Reno
    Explanation
    Janet Reno was the first woman Attorney General of the United States of America. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993.

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  • 26. 

    As one of the first leaders for women's rights, who was the first woman pictured on a US coin in circulation?

    • A.

      Lucy Stone

    • B.

      Harriet Tubman

    • C.

      Susan B Anthony

    • D.

      Matilda Gage

    Correct Answer
    C. Susan B Anthony
    Explanation
    Susan B. Anthony was the first woman to be honored by being printed on a circulating United States coin.

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