Friday, March 11, 2011

Women in History

March is Women's History Month. Remember that last year, we did a little Women's History Month quiz? We're back for round 2!

The month-long celebration is brought to you by The National Women's History Project. This year's theme is "Our History is Our Strength," because "learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength." [source]

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

1. Gloria Steinem is known for _____________.
  1. being the nationally recognized leader of the Women's Liberation Movement in the early 1960s-late 1970s
  2. co-founding Ms. magazine
  3. co-founding Women's Media Center, an organization that "works to ensure women are powerfully and visibly represented in the media"
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above
2. Toni Morrison has NOT done which of the following:
  1. won a Nobel Prize in Literature
  2. written and sung a song
  3. won a Pulitzer Prize
  4. taught English at the State University of New York
  5. written a novel that also became a movie and an opera
  6. All of the above
  7. None of the above
3. Who was Susan B. Anthony?
  1. a tutor who taught Helen Keller how to read braille.
  2. a scientist who won a Nobel Prize
  3. an American civil rights leader who fought for women's right to vote in the 1800s. For her work, she was memorialized on a one dollar coin called a Susan B. Anthony dollar.
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

4. Which of the following is true about Laura Bush?
  1. she is married to George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America
  2. has a master's degree in Library Science and was a librarian
  3. she partnered with the Library of Congress to launch the National Book Festival
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above

5. Sally Ride was the first American woman to _____________.
  1. receive a medical degree
  2. travel into space
  3. become U.S. Secretary of State
  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. d; 2. b; 3. c; 4. d; 5. b

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