International Women’s Day quiz

Quizmistress: Jill Stocks

To mark International Women’s Day, WLD’s resident quizmistress JILL STOCKS has compiled a tricky quiz to test readers…


Politics and Business
1.Who was the first female US Secretary of State?
2.Who founded The Body Shop in 1976?
3.Countess Constance Marciewicz was the first woman to do what in 1918?
4.Which Labour MP was affectionately known as “Red Ellen”?
5.Who is the chief executive of Ann Summers?
6.Susan Wojcicki was the first marketing manager of which internet icon?
7.Which First Lady of the United States is credited with creating the modern structure of the office of the First Lady, having her own press secretary and chief of staff?
8.Denise Coates is the founder of which gambling company?
9.Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand?
10.Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of which social media company?

TV and Film
11.Whos talk show was one of the longest running daytime TV shows lasting 25 seasons between 1986 and 2011?
12.What film did Hattie Daniel win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for in 1939?
13.Who was the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009?
14.Who played Ma Boswell in the TV sitcom Bread?
15.Who is the current presenter of TV quiz Fifteen To One?
16.How many Oscars has Meryl Streep won?
17.The TV show “The Handmaids Tale” is based on the book of the same name by which author?
18.Kaley Cuco, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik play the main female characters in which American sitcom?
19.What was the name of the character played by Pat Phoenix in Coronation Street?
20.Which actress became a star at the age of 7 with her role in ET?

21.In 2019 Bryony Frost became the first female jockey to ride a grade one winner over jumps at which racecourse?
22.Karren Brady is vice-chairman of which football club?
23.Wilma Rudolph, known as “The Tornado” won three Olympic golds in track and field in what year, the first American woman to do so?
24.Janet Guthrie was a pioneer in which field in the 1970s?
25.Kathryn Smith is the first full-time female coach in which sport?
26.What was Michaela Tabb the first woman to do in 2002?
27.Sian Massey-Ellis is famous for being the first woman to do what?
28.Who did Billie Jean King beat in the “Battle of the Sexes” in 1973?
29.Fallon Sherrock was the first woman to win a match at the World Championships of which sport in 2017?
30.Kathryn Switzer caused shockwaves when she defied the officials to become the first woman to complete the marathon in which US city?

31.What was the only solo number one for former Go-Gos member Jane Wiedlin?
32.Which album, released in 2006, was the second and final studio album released by Amy Winehouse?
33.Who sang about her “Milkshake” on her 2004 number two single?
34.The video for which 1989 Cher hit was filmed aboard the USS Missouri?

  1. Chrissie Hynde is the lead singers with which group whos’ hits include “I Go To Sleep” and “Hymn To Her”?
    36.Robert De Niro was waiting for which girl group in 1984?
    37.Which two vocalists duetted on the 1985 number 1 “I Know Him So Well”?
    38.What type of “girl” did Tori Amos sing about on her 1994 top five hit?
    39.Name the singer who had a top ten hit with the 1971 song “Something Tells Me (Somethings Gonna Happen Tonight)?
    40.Who had a hit with “I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten” in 1968?

41.“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”.

  1. “Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.”
  2. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
    44.”Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.”
  3. “A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.”
  4. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”
  5. “Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”
  6. “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
  7. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”
  8. “There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.”


Politics and Business
1.Madeleine Allbright
2.Anita Roddick
3.Be elected as an MP – she was a candidate for Sinn Fein and did not take her seat in keeping with the parties position of refusing to take the parliamentary oath.
4.Ellen Wilkinson
5.Jacqueline Gold
7.Ladybird Johnson
8.Bet 365
9.Jacinda Ardern

TV and Film
11.Oprah Winfrey
12.Gone With The Wind
13.Kathryn Bigelow
14.Jean Boht
15.Sandi Toksvig
17.Margaret Atwood
18.The Big Bang Theory
19.Elsie Tanner
20.Drew Barrymore

22.West Ham
24.Motorsport – she was the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500
25.American Football

  1. First woman to officiate at a professional ranking snooker match (Welsh Open 2002)
    27.Officiate at a Premier League football match
    28.Bobby Riggs


31.Rush Hour
32.Back to Black
34.If I Could Turn Back Time
35.The Pretenders
37.Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson
38.Cornflake Girl
39.Cilla Black
40.Dusty Springfield

41.Marilyn Monroe
42.Katherine Johnson, mathematician and one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist
43.Ruth Bader Ginsberg, second female justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
44.Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and first woman nominated for U.S. president by a major political party
45.Betty Friedan, writer and activist credited with sparking 20th-century wave of feminism
46.Frida Kahlo, 20th-century Mexican painter
47.Marie Curie, chemist and first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
48.Indira Gandhi, first female Prime Minister of India
49.Serena Williams, tennis player, multiple Grand Slam winner
50.Michelle Obama, former First Lady.


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