International Women’s Day trivia questions will test your knowledge and teach you new things. Explore interesting facts about incredible women, IWD, and how people are working to change the world.
Fun Fact: British scientist Rosalind Franklin can be thanked for much of what we know of DNA today. She discovered DNA’s density and molecular structure – giving way to more discoveries that changed how scientists view genetics.
Famous Female Trivia Questions
Next, use the clues to guess the famous women fun facts.
Who is she?
1. As a girl, a bad fever left her blind and deaf. After learning through vibrations and touch, she became a champion for people with disabilities.
2. She became one of the most famous English literature writers, writing classics such as Pride and Prejudice.
3. This famous fashion designer started by making doll clothes from scraps of nuns’ skirts in the convent where she grew up.
4. This primatologist spent hours studying chimpanzees. She made many discoveries about their food, rituals, tools, and language that help us understand behavior today.
5. Her diary from World War II shed light on the realities of living in Germany as a Jew.
6. This woman was one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century. Her self-portraits were both beautiful and bold.
7. This Roman Catholic nun’s charity work and charity houses saved millions of lives. She was born in Albania.
8. This woman was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
9. This actress became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama for How to Get Away With Murder.
10. This woman worked on the first computer to decode secret messages during the Second World War.
11. This Australian woman became the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. She was just 16.
12. As a girl, this famous writer didn’t speak for five years. As an adult, her writing became the voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Along with books, she wrote poems, songs, plays, and movies.
13. She was a pioneering physicist who discovered radium and polonium. She won two Nobel Prizes for her work.
14. This queen was loved by her people. She never married because she valued her independence.
15. This woman was a freedom fighter. She escaped slavery and then went back nineteen times to help others. She rescued hundreds.
16. This woman loved numbers and studied nursing. She became so good at it that the government sent her to manage a hospital for injured soldiers. There, she saved many lives by fixing protocols through her data.
17. This television host and producer is not only a billionaire, but also an inspiration to many.
18. She spoke out after girls were forbidden to go to school where she lives. But shortly after, she was shot in the head because of her belief. She survived and is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
19. She famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. She spent the night in jail, but her bravery sparked a boycott that ended when bus segregation was declared unconstitutional.
20. In World War II, this woman became a spy. She used cooking to keep sharks away from bombs targeted at submarines. When the world ended, she attended Le Cordon Bleu and became a world authority on French cooking.
21. This girl dreamed of being a lawyer even though lawyers and judges were always men. She argued six landmark cases on gender equality before the United States Supreme Court. Then, she became the second female Supreme Court Justice in history.
22. This teacher used innovative techniques to teach children with disabilities. They worked so well that she opened a school. This school taught children to be self-sufficient, to become strong and independent.
23. This woman was both a doctor and an astronaut. She became the first African-American woman in space. She quit NASA and founded a company that uses satellites to improve health in Africa.
24. This woman from ancient times took her father’s place in the Chinese army by disguising herself as a man. She became a distinguished warrior.
25. Who is known to be the first female computer programmer?
26. This woman overcame barriers of education and biases about being a mother politician to finally get elected to British Parliament. She was so successful that she became the first female Prime Minister.
27. These sisters became the most elite tennis players in the world, despite growing up playing on public courts in an area with violence and gangs, and participating in a sport that previously excluded women.
28. The only African American in one of the world’s most famous dance companies, she pushed through a devastating injury to dance again in Swan Lake.
29. This American singer-songwriter is the highest-grossing female touring act, the most-streamed woman on Spotify and Apple Music, and the first billionaire with music as the main source of income.
30. These sisters were called the “Mariposas” in the Dominican Republic. They fought for freedom and rallied their country when a cruel dictator took power.
31. This woman is widely considered the greatest gymnast in American history.
32. This woman was the first to dramatically change the role of first lady. She advocated for human rights, women’s rights, and children’s causes. She went on to become chair of the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission in 1945.
33. Having sold 200 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Time included her as one of the 100 women who defined the 21st century. (Wikipedia)
Easy International Women’s Day Trivia
34. What day is International Women’s Day celebrated each year?
35. What does International Women’s Day celebrate?
36. What color is often associated with International Women’s Day?
37. What’s this year’s International Women’s Day theme?
Fun Fact: Madeleine Albright became the first secretary of state in 1996. She advocated for human rights, fought to prevent the expansion of nuclear weapons, and brokered peace in the Middle East.
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Multiple Choice Women’s Day Trivia
38. In what year did 15,000 women march through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights?
39. According to the International Women’s Day website, what does the color purple stand for?
B) dignity and justice
D) courage and strength
40. True or False: IWD is recognized as an official national holiday in Armenia, Belarus, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Laos, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine and Vietnam.
41. In 1917, Russian women went on strike to protest World War I and campaign for gender equality. Tsar Nicholas II authorized to shoot any woman who refused to stand down. They did not back down. Protests led to the Tsar’s abdication, and the interim government granted what to women?
A) Better pay
B) The right to vote
C) positions in government
D) Better working hours
42. In what year did International Women’s Day start using themes?
43. What was the first theme?
A) Choose to Challenge
B) Press for Progress
C) Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future
D) Women at the Peace Table
44. While women’s movements have made strides over the years, what are some of the issues still present?
A) Women are not paid equally to that of their male counterparts
B) Women are not present in equal numbers in business or politics (nor in that of leadership roles)
C) Women’s education, health, and the violence against them are still a pressing challenge
D) All of the above
45. In which Ancient civilization did women have equal rights to men regarding rights to the throne?
A) Ancient Mesopotamia
B) Ancient Greece
C) Ancient Rome
D) Ancient Egypt
46. This group of Soviet women flew night bombing missions against the Nazis. These missions were difficult in navigation and targeting, included obsolete biplanes, and operated without parachutes. What was this group called?
A) The Night Witches
B) The Black Mamba
C) The Bletchleyettes
47. Which movie tells the true story of 3 female African-American mathematicians who worked at NASA (in segregated offices) and were crucial in making the space program possible?
A) The Help
B) Mona Lisa Smile
C) Hidden Figures
Hard Women’s History & Rights Trivia Quiz
Finally, this International Women’s Day trivia is challenging. Find out who the expert is when answering these questions!
48. Where was the First International Women’s Day held?
The earliest version reported was a “Women’s Day” organized by the Socialist Party of America in New York City. (Wikipedia)
49. What year was it held?
50. What year was it first celebrated mainstream in the United States?
Fun Fact: Junko Tabei shattered gender norms in 1975 when she became the first woman to climb Mount Everest. She later also became the first woman to reach the Seven Peaks (the highest points of all 7 continents)
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