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1. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female African head of state, was elected president of what country (capital: Monrovia) in 2005?
2. Zaha Hadid's biography describes her as a "Deconstructionist" and mentions that she's the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. Which of the following is Ms. Hadid's profession?
3. Both Vanya Cullen and Laura Catena went into their families' businesses in the overwhelmingly male-dominated field of winemaking. Ms. Cullen's mother, Diana, was honored with the Order of Australia. In what up-and-coming Southern Hemisphere wine country does Dr. Laura Catena manage her grandfather's winery, Catena Zapata?
4. Chinese-American artist Hung Liu's story is a fascinating one. Her family was torn apart by revolution in China when she was a girl, and she herself was forced to spend years working as a farmer. It was during these years that she began to draw. What was Mao Zedong's program of proletariat re-education called?
5. American Polly Letofsky spent five years walking more than 14,000 miles around the world. Why did Ms. Letofsky walk through 22 countries?
6. For most of its existence, the voices of the Islamic religion have been those of men. Attempting to change that is Asra Nomani, called "the unmarried mother who wants to pray among men". Which of the following books was written by Ms. Nomani?
7. Welcome to the art of the extreme makeover. If you look closely at a seemingly benign collage by Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu, you may find parts of a "Cosmo" fashion spread, packing tape, items of medical paraphernalia, fabric, prostheses and motorbike parts. Her work is meticulously crafted and overworked with ink or acrylic.
Choose the answer that best describes the themes common to much of Ms. Mutu's work.
8. Ngawang Sangdrol, born in 1977, was first arrested and imprisoned at the age of 13. Her crime was to be a member of a religious order and protest an oppressive government. She served nine months before being released but was soon arrested again in 1992 for taking part in another protest. This time she was subjected to severe physical and mental torture and degradation before political expediency gained her release in 2002. Of which country is Ngawang a native?
9. Texas resident and unlikely activist Shelby Knox first came to the world's attention as the 15-year-old subject of the film "The Education of Shelby Knox". What did Ms. Knox find disturbing about public education in Texas?
10. Which of the following pairs of amazing women did NOT carry in the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Games in Torino?
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