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1. What is the name of the famous woman primatologist who studied chimpanzees?


answer Answer: Jane Goodall

Interesting Information:
Dame Jane Goodall studied chimpanzees for forty-five years. World famous for her work in the environment and her defense of the chimpanzee, Goodall broke with tradition and named the chimpanzees, instead of calling them by number. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Diane Fossey, Thea Kroger, Margaret Mead

2. Who is the famous woman in the Spanish Civil War who said "They shall not pass"?


answer Answer: Dolores Ibarruri

Interesting Information:
There is a statue of Dolores Ibarruri or La Pasionaria on Clyde Street in Glasgow in tribute to this larger than life figure. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Federica Montseny, Rosa Chacel, Rosalia de Castro

3. What is the name of the woman narrator in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'?


answer Answer: Nelly Dean

Interesting Information:
This novel has two narrators: Lockwood and Nelly Dean. Lockwood is a writing narrator and Nelly Dean (about the same age as many of the characters) is an oral narrator. Nelly overhears the characters and Lockwood overhears or listens to Nelly Dean's memories of the past. He then writes them down. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Catherine Earnshaw, Cathy Heathcliff, Isabella Linton

4. What nickname was given to Nadya Suleman, the woman from Southern California who gave birth to eight babies in January of 2009?


answer Answer: Octomom

Interesting Information:
Suleman had six embryos implanted through the in-vitro fertilization process. Two of them split into twins for a total of eight. All eight children survived. Suleman already had six children before this pregnancy, all of them were in-vitro babies. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Mother of Eight, Nutty Nadya, Crazy Lady

5. What famous twentieth century French woman authored "The Second Sex"?


answer Answer: Simone de Beauvoir

Interesting Information:
Simone de Beauvoir's study was a watershed book for introducing the concept of gender into contemporary discourse. For instance, she puts forth the idea that "one is not born a woman, one becomes a woman". This notion revolutionized feminist studies and contemporary thinking. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Colette, Jean Rhys, Meridienne

6. What two gymnastic events are done in competition by both men and women?


answer Answer: Vault and Floor

Interesting Information:
The events which are only for women are Uneven Bars and Balance Beam. The events for only men are Still Rings, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars and High Bar. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Still Rings and Vault, High Bar and Floor, Balance Beam and Pommel Horse

7. Which woman became as "white as snow" as a result of punishment for challenging authority?


answer Answer: Miriam

Interesting Information:
By questioning Moses' supreme authority, God punishes Miriam by "tzaraath." This leads to her being excluded from the camp. Moses, her brother, steps in and intercedes for her. She had to be punished for seven days however. Miriam is in some respects like the Greek heroine Antigone. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Deborah, Esther, Hannah

8. Who was the first woman to break the sound barrier?


answer Answer: Jacqueline Cochran

Interesting Information:
Jackie Cochran was the first woman to break the sound barrier ( on 18 May 1953). Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Melitta Schiller was a test pilot for the Luftwaffe and Geraldine Mock was the first woman to pilot a plane around the world. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Geraldine Mock, Melitta Schiller, Amelia Earhart

9. Which American gymnast won the all-around Gold Medal in women's gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics?


answer Answer: Nastia Liukin

Interesting Information:
Nastia Liukin won the all-around gold medal with a score of 63.325. Her teammate, Shawn Johnson, took silver with a score of 62.725. Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson are American gymnasts who have won the all-around gold medal in previous years. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Shawn Johnson, Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson

10. Who was the first woman to run for Vice President of the United States as the candidate of the Republican Party?


answer Answer: Sarah Palin

Interesting Information:
Sarah Palin was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, running with John McCain. Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats, running with Walter Mondale in 1984. Many smaller parties have run tickets with women vice-presidential candidates, including the Prohibition Party, the Green Party, and the Socialist Workers Party. Angela Davis was the vice-presidential candidate for the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Geraldine Ferraro, Angela Davis, Hillary Clinton

11. Which moon in our solar system is named after a mythical Phoenician noblewoman who was courted by Zeus and became the queen of Crete?


answer Answer: Europa

Interesting Information:
Galileo Galilei discovered Europa in 1610.
Europa is slightly smaller than Earth's moon and is the sixth largest moon in the solar system.
The surface of the moon is extremely smooth and covered in a thin layer of ice.
Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Io, Callisto, Ganymede

12. Who was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, in 1918?


answer Answer: Sara Teasdale

Interesting Information:
Not only was she the first woman but it was the first year a prize was given for poetry. Teasdale was an invalid most of her life. Vachel Lindsey, the poet, had a long correspondence with her. She took her own life in 1929. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Amy Clampitt, Emily Dickenson, Anais Nin

13. What is a name of a famous, influential French fashion designer who once said: "A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed"?


answer Answer: Coco Chanel

Interesting Information:
She liberated modern women from the corset and replaced it with comfort and casual elegance. Chanel No.5 is the most famous fragrance in the world. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Guccio Gucci

14. What comedian, also famous for her appearances on 'Laugh-In,' had a one woman show in which she explained the difference between soup and art?


answer Answer: Lily Tomlin

Interesting Information:
In her one woman show, 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe' (1991), she portrayed a homeless woman, who pulled out a print of one of Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup cans and an actual can of Campbell's soup and differentiated between the two saying, "Soup, art . . . art, soup . . ." Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Gilda Radner, Goldie Hawn, Jan Hooks

15. In 1993 Cristina Sánchez de Pablos became the first woman to become what?


answer Answer: Matador

Interesting Information:
Cristina Sánchez from Madrid, Spain, became the first female bullfighter. She started at the age of 21 and retired in 1999. She gained a total of 316 bull ears, and is a recognized bullfighter in Mexico and Ecuador. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Commercial airline pilot, Brain surgeon, Climb Mount Everest

16. What do Joseph Priestly, Antoine Lavoisier and a television network founded in 2000 with programming directed to women have in common?


answer Answer: oxygen

Interesting Information:
Joseph Priestly is credited with the discovery of the element oxygen because he published his findings in 1774, although Carl Wilhelm Scheele may have made a parallel unpublished discovery a year earlier. Antoine Lavoisier coined the name of the element in 1777. Oprah Winfrey was among the founders of the television network Oxygen, which is now owned by NBC. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
breast cancer, England, synchronized swimming

17. Which Amendment to the US Constitution gives women the right to vote?


answer Answer: 19th

Interesting Information:
The 16th Amendment of the US was on federal income taxes, the 17th was about the direct election of senators, and the 18th Amendment was the Prohibition. It made it so you could not purchase alcohol. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
18th, 17th, 16th

18. Which female country music star was the first woman to have a number one country hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," in 1952?


answer Answer: Kitty Wells

Interesting Information:
Kitty Wells was the first female country star to have a number one song. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was an answer to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side Of Life". Jean Shepard also had a number one song "A Dear John Letter" in 1952. Goldie Hill had a number one song "I let The Stars Get In My Eyes" in 1953. Patsy Cline had a number two song "Walking After Midnight" in 1957. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Patsy Cline, Goldie Hill, Jean Shepard

19. A small number of women piloted fighter aircraft in combat in World War II. From what country was the highest scoring female ace?


answer Answer: Russia

Interesting Information:
The Soviet Air Force had two female aces during World War II. Lydia Litvyak was credited with 12 kills. For more detail see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Litvyak. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
United States, Germany, Japan

20. Who is the woman, born in Greece, that started out as a conservative but in 2005 started a very popular liberal blog?


answer Answer: Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post)

Interesting Information:
Born Arianna Stassinopoulos in Athens Greece, the 60-year-old Huffington was known as a right winger who penned articles for "National Review" and supported Newt Gingrich's Contract With America in 1992. She once appeared on "The Daily Show" as a conservative (1996) and appeared again (2004) as a liberal. Her website has been one of the most widely-known in the political blogworld. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Jane Hamsher (FireDogLake), Rachel Maddow (MSNBC), Katrina van den Heuvel (The Nation)

21. Who was the first U.S. woman ever to win a Winter Olympics Gold Medal in downhill skiing?


answer Answer: Lindsey Vonn

Interesting Information:
Lindsey Vonn won the gold medal in Vancouver 2010, with Julia Mancuso grabbing the silver. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Julia Mancuso, Bonnie Miller, Holly Flanders

22. In 2004, Robina Muqim Yaar and Friba Razayee broke ground for the women of Afghanistan by doing what?


answer Answer: Competing in the Olympics

Interesting Information:
Muqimyar and Razayee were the first Afghan women in the Olympics. Muqimyar competed in the 100-meter sprint, finishing seventh of eight in her sprint. She also ran in the 2008 Olympics, losing in the first round. Razayee is a Judoka, competing in the middleweight division. She lost to Cecilia Blanco of Spain in the first round.
Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Serving in the Loya Jirga, Elected to the National Assembly, Opening a university for women

23. Helen Keller reached some remarkable milestones despite being blind and deaf. What is the name of the woman who taught her to strive for them?


answer Answer: Annie Sullivan

Interesting Information:
Helen Keller contracted scarlet fever as a young child. The fever left her blind and deaf. Annie Sullivan, "teacher" to Helen, taught her to communicate, and to read and write. Helen graduated with honours from Radcliffe College in 1904. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Margaret Davidson, Laura Bridgman, Mary Moore

24. Who was the first woman to go into space and which country was she from?


answer Answer: Valentina Tereshkova - Soviet Union

Interesting Information:
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman in space, now a retired Soviet cosmonaut. She was selected to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963 and become the first woman to fly in space. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Stephenie Tylor - U.S.A, Hushkie Hemmer - U.A.E, Diana Vasko - Finland

25. What was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote?


answer Answer: Australia

Interesting Information:
Australia granted women the right to vote in 1902. It would another 26 years before Australia's "mother" country, England, then one of the most powerful and progressive countries in the world, granted women the right to vote on the same terms as men. The first country to do so had been New Zealand, in 1893. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Senegal, England, United States

26. Who was the first woman inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?


answer Answer: Aretha Franklin

Interesting Information:
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1986, there were ten inductees, but all were male. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, became the first woman inductee the following year. A year later, The Supremes were inducted as a group, adding to the female contingent. In 1991, LaVern Baker became the second female solo artist inducted, and Tina Turner was also added in partnership with Ike. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Diana Ross, LaVern Baker, Tina Turner

27. Edward VIII relinquished the British throne for the love of this woman. Who was she?


answer Answer: Wallis Simpson

Interesting Information:
On December 11th 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated. He was in love with American socialite Bessie Wallis Warfield. The couple married on June 3rd 1937 and not one member of the royal family attended the wedding. Wallis Simpson was disliked by the royal family and the British public and the couple made matters worse by touring Nazi Germany after the wedding and being received by Adolf Hitler. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Alice Keppel, Nell Gwyn, Lillie Langtry

28. In 1980 world wide news was made when a woman holidaying at Ayers Rock, Australia claimed "A dingo took my baby." Who was she?


answer Answer: Lindy Chamberlain

Interesting Information:
One of the strangest cases in Australian legal history the disappearance of nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain focused world media attention on her parents Michael and Lindy. Lindy was convicted of Azaria's murder in 1982 only to be released and then later exonerated. The Chamberlain case has been the subject of movies, a TV miniseries, a play, countless books and even featured in song and opera. The disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain will remain a controversial mystery. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Tammy Fraser, Ellie Ferguson, Sandy Walker

29. Which woman, born in London and known also as a writer, was the first ever professional computer programmer?


answer Answer: Ada Lovelace

Interesting Information:
Ada Lovelace wrote some notes which were later known as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine.
Celine Dion is a famous singer, Marie Curie is a famous physicist and chemist. Anna Milbanke was Ada's mother. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Marie Curie, Celine Dion, Anne Milbanke

30. In 1958, Italian Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first woman to compete at world championship level in which sport?


answer Answer: Formula One Grand Prix

Interesting Information:
Maria Teresa de Filippis took part in a total of five Formula One World Championship Grand Prix races between 1958 and 1959. Her best position was 10th, in her first race, the Portuguese Grand Prix on 24 August 1958. While a few women have subsequently made a few appearances, the sport remains an almost exclusively male preserve at World Championship level. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Golf, Heavyweight Boxing, Shot Put

31. Who were the three main women characters on the popular show 'Friends'?


answer Answer: Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe

Interesting Information:
'Friends' ran for ten seasons, from 1994 - 2004. Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe were the three main female characters whose lives were chronicled alongside their three male counterparts, Ross, Joey, and Chandler. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Rachel, Julie, and Erica, Monica, Janice, and Doris, Phoebe, Carol, and Emily

32. Why did Harriet Quimby receive little media attention when she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel on April 16, 1912?


answer Answer: The RMS Titanic had sunk the previous day

Interesting Information:
The RMS Titanic had just sunk and received most of the newspaper coverage. Harriet Quimby was the first licensed pilot in the USA . Her flight, in a Bleriot monoplane, from Dover to Calais took 59 minutes. She also was a photographer and wrote several screenplays. She died at age 37 in an airplane accident. The other events also happened in 1912.

Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
The First Oreo cookie made three days earlier, Ty Cobb beat up a heckler on the same day, The Girl Scouts were founded on the same day

33. According to tradition, while Jesus was carrying his cross, a woman offered her veil to him to wipe his face. What is the woman's name?


answer Answer: Veronica

Interesting Information:
In the Stations of the Cross, the sixth station is "Veronica wipes the face of Jesus". She wiped his face with her veil, leaving an image of his face on it. St. Veronica is the patron saint of laundry workers and photographers. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Valerie, Theresa, Diana

34. Which Shakespeare play contains the quotation "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"?


answer Answer: As You Like It

Interesting Information:
The quotation comes from a set piece spoken by the character Jacques, known as the "Seven Ages of Man" speech. He goes on to describe seven stages in a man's life, from babe-in-arms to senile geriatric. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline

35. Gurinder Chadha directed a 2002 film about a young woman with a passion for football (soccer). What was the name of this movie?


answer Answer: Bend It Like Beckham

Interesting Information:
Parminder Nagra stars as a London teenager who dreams of playing professional football (soccer). Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
East is East, Bhaji on the Beach, Fever Pitch
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