Gender Diversity Quiz

Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. Who was the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for President of the U.S. by a major political party?

  • a. Margaret Chase Smith
  • b. Jeanette Rankin
  • c. Francis Perkins
  • d. Victoria Chaplin Woodhull

2. Who, for her tireless work and support of Civil Rights, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994?

  • a. Winona Duke
  • b. Margaret Meade
  • c. Barbara Jordan
  • d. Ada Louise Huxtable

3. What famous woman said, ‘Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers and husbands’?

  • a. Gloria Steinem
  • b. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • c. Abigail Adams
  • d. Ann Landers

4. The first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice began her term in what year?

  • a.1975
  • b 1981
  • c. 1983
  • d. 1987
  • e. 1992

5. What was the first coeducational college in the United States?

  • a. Oberlin Collegiate Institute
  • b. Andover Newton College
  • c. Radcliffe College
  • d. University of Tennessee
  • e. College of William and Mary

6. How many women did Mary Livermore, (who organized supplies and raised money for the Union soldiers) estimate disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War?

  • a. 100
  • b. 400
  • c. 900

7. Who was the first modern woman to graduate from medical school?

  • a. Clara Barton
  • b. Emily Blackwell
  • c. Elizabeth Blackwell
  • d. Florence Nightingale
  • e. Mary Ewing Outerbridge

8. In what year did Switzerland adopt women’s suffrage (the right to vote and hold public office?)

  • a. 1893
  • b. 1910
  • c. 1920
  • d. 1939
  • e. 1971

9. Who was the first woman to run for president of the United States of America?

  • a. Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • b. Victoria C. Woodhull
  • c. Shirley Chisholm
  • d. Belva Lockwood

10. This woman was a famous orator of the 19th century yet she could neither read nor write.

  • a. Sojourner Truth
  • b. Frances Willard
  • c. Dorthea Dix

11. César Chávez and this woman became involved in social activism and community work in the mid-1950s and eventually founded the United Farm Workers union.

  • a. Emma Tenayuca
  • b. Dolores Huerta
  • c. María Mercedes Barbudo


Q1. b. Margaret Chase Smith’s name was placed in nomination at the Republican National Convention in 1964. Senator Smith became the first woman to be considered for the presidency by either of the two major parties.

Q2. c. Barbara Jordan.

Q3. c. Abigail Adams, a staunch advocate for women’s rights wrote this to her husband John Adams.

Q4. b. 1981. Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court.

Q5. a. Oberlin Collegiate Institute.

Q6. b. Mary Livermore, who was actively involved in the United States Sanitary Commission, claimed to personally know of at least 400 women who disguised themselves as soldiers to fight in the Union Army.

Q7. b. Elizabeth Blackwell in 1849 from Geneva College.

Q8. e. 1971.

Q9. b. Victoria Woodhull was a woman 100 years ahead of her time. Although few have heard of her today, when she ran for President of the United States in 1872, she was one of the most famous women in the country. She advocated many things which we take for granted today: the 8-hour work day, graduated income tax, social welfare programs, and profit sharing, for example.

Q10. a. Sojourner Truth was originally named Isabella. In 1843 she says God gave her the name of Sojourner Truth and began traveling and lecturing as an itinerant preacher.

Q11. b. Dolores Huerta