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International Women’s Day Quiz

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International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Here’s a quiz on the female achievers of India and the world.

#1. I became queen of the United Kingdom at age 18 and oversaw the greatest expansion of the British Empire. Who am I?

#2. Which of the following is Amelia Earhart's achievement?

#3. Which Indian cricketer became the first woman to score a double hundred in Test Cricket in 2004?

#4. Who was the first woman to become the ruler of Delhi?

#5. Which woman is considered as the world’s first computer programmer?

Ada Lovelace, English mathematician, an associate of Charles Babbage, for whose prototype of a digital computer she created a program. She has been called the first computer programmer.

#6. Name this astronaut and engineer, who was the first woman of Indian origin to go to space.

Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-born woman to go to space in 1997. Six years later, on February 1, 2003, Chawla died when the space shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board.

Chawla’s legacy has lived on, however. In particular, her talent and hard work have inspired young people in India and around Earth to consider careers in spaceflight.

#7. Which woman was named the world's highest paid author by Forbes magazine in 2008?

#8. Who is the only woman in the world to have received Nobel Prizes for two different sciences?

Marie Curie shared her first Nobel Prize with two men in 1903: Her husband, Pierre Curie, and another physicist named Henri Becquerel (the guy who discovered radioactivity). However, she also won a second prize, this time in chemistry in 1911, for discovering the chemical elements radium and polonium. Madame Curie was the first scientist to win two prizes in different categories, and she remains—to this day—the only woman to have been honored twice!

#9. Which famous founder of modern nursing was nicknamed "the Lady with the Lamp"?

#10. Pratibha Patil was the first woman president of India. Among the following, who was the first woman speaker of the Lok Sabha?

Meira Kumar is an Indian politician and a five time Member of Parliament. She was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha and served from 2009 to 2014. She is a lawyer and a former diplomat.

#11. Frankenstein, the first major science fiction novel, was written by a woman when she was only twenty. Who was this woman?

#12. Can you spot the first Asian woman to swim across the English Channel?

Arati Gupta was an Indian Bengali long-distance swimmer, best known for becoming the first Asian woman to swim across the English Channel on 29 September 1959. In 1960, she became the first Indian sportswoman to be awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India.

#13. The first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice is an Indian. Who is she?

Santosh Yadav is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice and the first woman to successfully climb Mount Everest from Kangshung Face. She climbed the peak first in May 1992 and then again in May 1993 with an Indo-Nepalese Team.

#14. Who was the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest?

Bachendri Pal is an Indian mountaineer, who in 1984 became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was awarded the third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 2019.

#15. This incredibly brave activist of the civil rights movement in America refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person in 1955. Identify her.

Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist whose refusal to relinquish her seat on a public bus precipitated the 1955–56 Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama, which became the spark that ignited the civil rights movement in the United States.
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