Friday, March 19, 2010

March is Women's History Month

The National Women's History Project is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year! This year's theme is "Writing Women Back into History," since women's contributions are often overlooked in history books.

Test your knowledge of famous women throughout history. Answers are at the bottom of this blog post.

Rosa Parks1. Why is Rosa Parks famous?
  1. During the time of segregation, she (an African-American woman) refused to give up her bus seat to make room for a white person, which helped start the Civil Rights Movement
  2. She holds the world record for eating the most McDonald's hambugers at one time.
  3. She earned the title of "Fastest Woman in the World" after completing a marathon in a little over 2 hours.
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above
Amelia Earhart2. Amelia Earhart was _____________.
  1. the first woman to ride in a submarine for longer than 1 week
  2. the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
  3. the first woman to drive a train across the United States
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

Hillary Rodham Clinton3. Hillary Rodham Clinton _____________.
  1. was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 since she is married to to President Bill Clinton, who was president at that time
  2. became the first female who was a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America
  3. was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009 before becoming the 67th United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

Jane Goodall4. Jane Goodall is famous for studying what type of animal?
  1. chimpanzees
  2. monkeys
  3. gorillas
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

Marie Curie5. Marie Curie was a scientist who _____________.
  1. created the polio vaccine
  2. invented the X-Ray
  3. won two Nobel Prizes, the first in physics, the second in chemistry
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above
Visit the Youth Services section of the library to find biographies about these and other famous women in history.
Try these other resources, too:
Don't forget that the Youth Services Librarians are available to help. Just stop by the Youth Services desk on the first floor!

Answers: 1. a; 2. b; 3. d; 4. a; 5. c

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