Women becoming actively involved in politics is a relatively new development when compared to how long men have been ruling around the world. Female voting rights, for instance, have been around in the United States for less than a century. In recent years, however, some countries have begun enacting political quotas dictating the number of government seats women must hold, and the number of female heads of state has slowly risen. Test your knowledge of the state of women in politics and the female pioneers at the polls with this quiz from HowStuffWorks.com.
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The world's first female prime minister ruled what country?
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Victoria Woodhull was the first American woman to do what?
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Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was the youngest woman in her country to do what?
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Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to U.S. Congress and the only legislator to do what?
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Shirley Chisholm, America's first black woman elected to Congress, hailed from what state?
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What was the first country to grant women the right to vote?
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True or false: America's first female mayor was elected as a joke.
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How many women were elected heads of state in the 20th century?
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Which was the first state to elect a female governor?
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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.”
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In a 2008 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, what percentage of respondents said that women make better political leaders?
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In 2012, women were heads of state in how many countries?
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Michelle Bachelet became the first director of UN Women after leaving office as the first female president of what country?
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Which Nordic country was the first to establish a cabinet with equal numbers of men and women?
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In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa's first female head of state in what nation?
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True or false: male and female candidates are equally likely to get elected.
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Out of 53 politician sex scandals between 1976 and 2009, how many were perpetrated by a female politico?
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Who sponsors more bills in Congress: women or men?
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On average, women in Congress bring in how much more money to their home districts per year than their male counterparts?
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