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August 23, 2013

Test your knowledge of Women’s Equality Day:

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1. August 26th is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate what?

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

 

2. In what year did Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduce legislation to ensure that this important American anniversary would be celebrated?

a. 1992

b. 1984

c. 1971

d. 1965

 

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

a. 1776

b. 1848

c. 1920

d. 1946

 

4. 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

 

5. Women in most of the western states won the right to vote years before the Federal Amendment was secured. 2010 is the 100th anniversary of women in Washington State winning the vote. California will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning he vote in 2011. Oregon will celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2012. What other state will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women in this state winning the right to vote in 2012?

a. New York

b. Florida

c. Maine

d. Arizona

 

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

 

7. Women who worked for women’s right to vote were called

a. radical

b. immoral

c. suffragist

d. all of the above

 

8. 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

 

9. How many other countries had already guaranteed women’s right to vote before the campaign was won in the United States?

a. 6

b. 2

c. 1

d. 16

 

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

a. Canada

b. Germany

c. New Zealand

d. United Kingdom

 

*August 6, 1965 – Voting Rights Act outlaws the discriminatory literacy tests that had been used to prevent African Americans from voting. Suffrage is finally fully extended to African American women

 

*August 8, 1969 – Executive order 11478 issued by President Nixon requires each federal department and agency to establish and maintain an affirmative action program of equal employment opportunity for civilian employees and applicants

 

*August 9, 1995 – Roberta Cooper Ramo becomes the first woman to hold the office of president of the American Bar Association

 

*August 10, 1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second woman and 107th Justice to serve on the US Supreme Court

 

*August 12, 1972 – Wendy Rue founds the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the largest businesswomen’s organization in the US

 

*August 14, 1986 – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper retires from active duty in the US Navy. A pioneering computer scientist and inventor of the computer language COBOL, she was the oldest officer still on active duty at the time of her retirement

 

*August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is ratified granting women the right to vote Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

 

*August 26, 1971 – The first “Women’s Equality Day,” instituted by Bella Abzug, is established by Presidential Proclamation and reaffirmed annually

 

*August 30, 1984 – Judith A. Resnick is the second US woman in space, traveling on the first flight of the space shuttle Discovery




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