March is National Women’s History Month. From the Library of Congress:
Before the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.
In 2009, the National Women’s History Project honors women who have taken the lead in the environmental or “green” movement. Rachel Carson, the founder of the contemporary environmental movement, serves as the iconic model of the theme, which recognizes scientists, engineers, business leaders, writers, filmmakers, conservationists, teachers, community organizers, religious or workplace leaders, or others whose lives show exceptional vision and leadership to save the planet.
Now, take this little quiz offered by Info.com and see what you know about Women in History.
1. Who was the first African-American woman elected to Congress?
a. Barbara Jordan
b. Shirley Chisholm
c. Eleanor Holmes Norton
2. In 2007, who became the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives?
a. Barbara Boxer
b. Olympia Snowe
c. Nancy Pelosi
3. Which of these feminists helped found the National Organization for Women?
a. Bella Abzug
b. Kate Millett
c. Betty Friedan
4. Who was the first American woman to establish a major religion?
a. Mary Baker Eddy
b. Mother Bernardina Matthews
c. Oveta Culp Hobby
5. Which of these women aviators disappeared while attempting to fly around the world?
a. Amelia Earhart
b. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
c. Beryl Markham
6. Who was the first woman Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
a. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
b. Sandra Day O’Connor
c. Eleanor Roosevelt
7. What prestigious university named its first woman president in 2007?
8. Who was the first American woman in space?
a. Mae Jemison
b. Sally Ride
c. Eileen Collins
9. Who was the first woman in the U. S. to receive a medical degree?
a. Margaret Chase Smith
b. Antomia Novello
c. Elizabeth Blackwell
10. This singer was known as "Empress of the Blues."
a. Bessie Smith
b. Billie Holiday
c. Betty Carter
How do you think you did? I got one wrong and when I took the test again, I got the same one wrong. Definite brain freeze. Not to worry, here’s the answers for you.
1. b, 2. c, 3. c, 4. a, 5. a, 6. b, 7. a, 8. b, 9. c, 10. a
Bottom Line: "I am neither a man nor a woman but an author." ~ Charlotte Bronte