Third in a three-part series: Women’s History Month
Q. The first US Women’s History Month took place:
A: While Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim March 7, 1982 as ‘Women’s History Week,’ it wasn’t until 1987 that Congress designated March as ‘Women’s History Month.’ The theme for 2015 is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives’
Q. True or false – The women’s rights movement paralleled the movement to abolish slavery in our country?
A: True. In the mid-1800s sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke were among the first abolitionists to also recognize the importance of women’s rights, and to speak and write about female equality (causes that led their family and even liberal groups like the Quakers to ‘disown’ them)
Q. Women were granted the right to vote in 1920. How many years was this in coming?
- 27 years
- 72 years
- 55 years
A: It took 72 years for Congress to pass the 19th Amendment, granting women in America the right to vote
Q. Who was the first American woman to travel in space?
- Sally Ride
- Nellie Armstrong
- Kathryn Sullivan
A: In 1983. Upon her death last year, President Obama said Sally, “inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars …” *In 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.
Q. Who was the first woman director to win an Oscar?
- Angelina Jolie
- Katherine Bigelow
- Jessica Chastain
A: Katherine Bigelow in 2012 for The Hurt Locker (she then went on to direct Zero Dark Thirty, starring actress Jessica Chastain) *
*Source: http://www.levo.com/articles/news/dates-in-womens-history (click on for more important and interesting dates in women’s history)
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