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Votes for Women: The Women in Politics Quiz
by Staff
Women becoming actively involved in politics is a relatively new development when compared to how long men have been ruling around the world. Test your knowledge of the state of women in politics and the female pioneers at the polls with this quiz.

The world's first female prime minister ruled what country?

  • Sri Lanka
  • England
  • Norway

Victoria Woodhull was the first American woman to do what?

  • Run for mayor.
  • Run for governor.
  • Run for president.

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was the youngest woman in her country to do what?

  • Graduate from college.
  • Run for parliament.
  • Become a political party leader.

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to U.S. Congress and the only legislator to do what?

  • Vote against U.S. involvement in World War I.
  • Vote against U.S. involvement in World War II.
  • Vote against enacting the New Deal.

Shirley Chisholm, America's first black woman elected to Congress, hailed from what state?

  • California
  • New York
  • Michigan

What was the first country to grant women the right to vote?

  • Switzerland
  • France
  • New Zealand

True or false: America's first female mayor was elected as a joke.

  • true
  • false

How many women were elected heads of state in the 20th century?

  • 13
  • 28
  • 61

Which was the first state to elect a female governor?

  • Wyoming
  • New Hampshire
  • Florida

Who wrote in the New York Times, "I am the first to admit that were I not a woman, I would not have been the vice-presidential nominee.”

  • Winona LaDuke
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • Sarah Palin

In a 2008 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, what percentage of respondents said that women make better political leaders?

  • 6 percent
  • 21 percent
  • 47 percent

In 2012, women were heads of state in how many countries?

  • 5
  • 17
  • 28

Michelle Bachelet became the first director of UN Women after leaving office as the first female president of what country?

  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Chile

Which Nordic country was the first to establish a cabinet with equal numbers of men and women?

  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Iceland

In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa's first female head of state in what nation?

  • South Africa
  • Liberia
  • Ethiopia

True or false: male and female candidates are equally likely to get elected.

  • true
  • false

Out of 53 politician sex scandals between 1976 and 2009, how many were perpetrated by a female politico?

  • 1
  • 4
  • 9

Who sponsors more bills in Congress: women or men?

  • women
  • men
  • There isn't a statistically significant difference.

On average, women in Congress bring in how much more money to their home districts per year than their male counterparts?

  • $9 million
  • $29 million
  • $49 million

As of 2012, women made up what percentage of the U.S. Congress?

  • 8 percent
  • 16 percent
  • 32 percent