March is Women’s History Month. Take our feminist quiz (with thanks to Charlottesville NOW for the historical questions) and see how much you know about women’s history and about women today.
Which was the first state to give women the right to vote and hold public office?
What was the name of the women’s rights newspaper published by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
What year did women win the right to vote in the United States?
In what New York town was the Declaration of Woman’s Rights issued in 1848?
Who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate?
Who founded the League of Women Voters?
Who started the first birth control clinic?
Who was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court?
Who said, “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less”?
What year was NOW founded?
How many women are in the U.S. Senate?
How many women are in the U.S. House of Representatives?
Who is the Speaker of the House?
In Virginia, name the seven women senators in the Virginia Senate?
How many women delegates are there?
Hattie Wyatt Caraway
Carrie Chapman Catt
Margaret Sanger, in 1916
Sandra Day O’Connor
Susan B. Anthony
17 women serve in the U.S. Senate, which has 100 members
76 women serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, out of a total of 435 members
Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House, and holds the highest elected position of any woman in U.S. government.
There are eight women in the Virginia Senate (out of a total of 40 senators): Janet Howell, Mamie Locke, Louise Lucas, Yvonne Miller, Toddy Puller, Patsy Ticer, Mary Margaret Whipple, and Jill Holtzman Vogel. All are Democrats except Holtzman Vogel, who is a Republican.
There are 17 women in the Virginia House of Delegates, out of a total of 100.
You should know
The woman suffrage movement, which sought voting rights for women, began in Virginia as early as 1870. In 1909, its most vocal supporters organized around the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, which joined with national groups in an effort to change state and local laws and pass an amendment to the United States Constitution.
The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was passed in Congress in 1919 and ratified by the states a year later. Virginia, however, delayed its ratification until 1952. By then, women had been voting and, slowly, winning elected office in the state for more than 30 years. Source: http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Woman_Suffrage_in_Virginia