A Who's Who Herstory Quiz

The Answers

Check what you know and learn what you don't know. Share any new-found knowledge with your daughters AND your sons (or your Mom and Dad).


1. Who went on trial for challenging the authority of Puritan ministers in the 1630's and was eventually banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony?

A. Anne Hutchinson

B. Anne Bradstreet - A poet during the seventeenth century

C. Pocahontas - A Native-American who saved the life of John Smith at age 12 and died young of smallpox.


2. Who managed the farm at Braintree and wrote to her husband "to remember the ladies" in 1776?

A. Deborah Moody - The first woman granted permission to be a mayor of her own town.

B. Abigail Adams

C. Molly Pitcher - A Revolutionary War veteran who fought for and finally received a pension after 22 years.


3. Who founded the first college for women, the Troy Female Seminary, in 1821?

A. Annie Oakley - A sharpshooter who traveled with Bill Cody's Wild West Show.

B. Jane Addams - The founder of Hull House.

C. Emma Willard


4. Who felt that a woman's greatest influence was within the domestic sphere through gentle persuasion and by setting a high moral example in the 1800's?

A. Catherine Beecher

B. Harriet Beecher Stowe - An abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

C. Anne Boleyn - Second wife of King Henry VIII of England. Has nothing directly to do with U.S. History .


5. Who was fined 100 dollars for voting and formed the National Women's Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

A. Susan B. Anthony

B. Lucy Stone - Also a part of the Suffrage Movement, when she married she kept her maiden name.

C. Hillary Clinton - First Lady and a lawyer.


6. Who spoke at a convention in 1851 declaring "and ain't I a woman"?

A. Rosa Parks - Her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white person eventually lead to a bus boycott for civil rights.

B. Harriet Tubman - She lead many slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

C. Sojourner Truth


7. Who was admitted to medical school by a vote by the students of the school?

A. Clara Barton - Founder of the Red Cross.

B. Elizabeth Blackwell

C. Florence Nightingale - A nurse during the Crimean War and a proponent of sanitary medical practices.


8. Who was the first woman to run for President of the United States?

A.Victoria Woodhull

B. Geraldine Ferraro - Vice Presidential Candidate in 1980.

C. Frances Perkins - Secretary of Labor under Franklin Roosevelt and the first woman appointed a cabinet post.


9. Who wrote for a newspaper and went around the world in 72 days?

A. Nellie Bly

B. Alice Paul - Co-author and proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment.

C. Carrie Chapman Catt - A twentieth century leader of the National Woman Suffrage Association.


10. Who spoke out against the practice of lynching in the southern part of the United States?

A. Phillis Wheatley - An African-American poet in the eighteenth century.

B. Marian Anderson - Sang at the Lincoln Memeorial after not being allowed to perform because of her color.

C. Ida B. Wells-Barnett


11. Who worked as a public health nurse in New York City and eventually devoted most of her life to the promotion of the dissemination of contraceptive information?

A. Margaret Sanger

B. Fannie Lou Hamer - An activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

C. Georgia O'Keeffe - A twentieth century painter.


12. Who was the aviatrix that headed the WASP and training programs for women pilots during World War Two?

A. Amelia Earhart - An aviatrix who attempted to circumnavigate the world in the 1937.

B. Jacqueline Cochrane

C. Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady and social activist.


13. Who wrote articles for regional newspapers and magazines before she began writing, at age 65, a fictional account of her life as a young pioneer girl?

A. Virginia Donner - A survivor of the infamous Donner Party which was stranded for a winter in the mountains.

B. Sacajawea - A Native-American guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

C. Laura Ingalls Wilder


14. Who wrote The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, and co-founded the National Organization of Women?

A. Betty Friedan

B. Gloria Steinem - Feminist and guiding force behind Ms. Magazine.

C. Margaret Mead - Anthropologist and author.



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