Women’s Equality Day


Women’s Suffrage Postage Stamp

I found this article on www.democraticunderground.com when I Googled about the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. I thought I would share the quiz with you to see if you are female “savvy.” If you are going through a divorce right now, I hope this Women’s Day of Equality will give you a boost of confidence!

August 19th marked the 86th anniversary of women in this country FINALLY getting the right to vote, a battle that lasted 72 years (marked by the Seneca Falls Declaration of 1848) One might have thought that a country founded on democracy and all those wonderful ideals in the constitution might have gotten around to this a little sooner, or, at least, that the battle might not have been so intense.  For those of you who are unaware of the lengths women had to go to to get this basic right, I highly recommend “Iron-Jawed Angels,” an HBO special about the women’s suffrage movement in this country, and in honor of the amendment, and the upcoming women’s equality day (today, 26 August) here is a little quiz to test your knowledge of this part of the history of this country (answers below).


Women with Right to Vote Posters

To help celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the National Women’s History Project developed a quiz to use at your events, or just around your office, or in conversation with friends. It took 72 years for women to win the right to vote.

1. August 26th is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate
a. the work women did during the Second World War
b. the anniversary of women winning the right to vote
c. the flappers of the 1920s
d. the contemporary women’s rights movement

2. In what year did Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced legislation to ensure that this important American anniversary would be celebrated?
a. 1992
b. 1984
c. 1971
d. 1965

3. In what year did women in the United States win the right to vote?
a. 1776
b. 1848
c. 1920
d. 1946

4. How many years did it take for women to win the right to vote in the United States?
a. 72 years
b. 120 years
c. 20 years
d. 51 years

5. Women in most of the western states won the right to vote years before the Federal Amendment was secured. This is the 90th anniversary of women in Kansas and Oregon winning the vote. What other state is celebrating the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in their state.
a. New York
b. Florida
c. Maine
d. Arizona

6. What was the name given to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guaranteed women’s right to vote in the United States.
a. Abigail Adams Amendment
b. Sojourner Truth Amendment
c. Susan B. Anthony Amendment
d. Gloria Steinem Amendment
7. Women who worked for women’s right to vote were called
a. radical
b. immoral
c. suffragist
d. all of the above

8. The term suffragist is derived from
a. one who suffers
b. a voting tablet in ancient times
c. the Constitution
d. the Bill of Rights

9. How many other countries had already guaranteed women’s right to vote before the campaign was won in the United States?
a. 6
b. 2
c. 1
d. 16

10. What was the first country that granted women the right to vote?
a. Canada
b. Germany
c. New Zealand
d. United Kingdom

1. b
2. c
3. c
4. a (from the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848
to 1920)
5. d
6. c
7. d
8. b
9. d (New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), Finland
(1906), Norway (1913), Denmark (1915), USSR (1917), Canada (1918), Germany (1918), Poland (1918), Austria (1919), Belgium (1919), Great Britain (1919), Ireland (1919), Luxembourg (1919), the Netherlands (1919), Sweden (1919)
10. c (1893)

How did you do?


Do you think you would have been a suffragette if you were an young woman in the 1920s?

16 Responses to “Women’s Equality Day”

  1. Honey Says:

    I did terribly on this questionaire! Thanks for sending me this info.

    Regarding your question, would I have been a suffragette, if I knew what I know now, YES. But there have been many times in my life when I was ignorant of things going on…i.e. racial conditions in the 60’s, and I took no steps. I was blind! And still am to many things!

    You are doing a wonderful job disseninating important information of all kinds.

  2. Paula Buchak Says:

    Imagine how women lived years ago. I can imagine the anger and resentment.
    Thanks for the quiz. Some I knew, and some I didn’t.

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