Image Credit: Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England (now the United Kingdom) 

How much do you know about successful women in the United Kingdom and Europe? This diverse region has made remarkable progress over the past century to establish gender equality and women’s rights. Several prominent organizations seek to promote female empowerment, including the Global Thinkers Forum and the European Union’s current Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality. Answer the following questions as True or False to test your knowledge about European women:

  1. Germany’s cabinet approved a draft law that would require stock exchange-listed companies with executive boards of more than three members to have at least one woman and one man on those boards
  2. Iceland has more women in representative government than any other European country.
  3. In 2019, in the U.K. women’s representation on executive committees in major financial services firms was 20%.
  4. Women first competed in the Olympics in Paris, France in 1900.
  5. Theresa May was Britain’s first female prime minister, serving from 1979 to 1990.
  6. The allegorical symbol of the French Republic is Marie, found on French coins and stamps.
  7. Among the largest publicly listed companies in the European Union (EU-28) in 2020, only 19.3% of executives and 7.9% of CEOs were women
  8. Denmark was the first European nation to grant women the right to vote.
  9. The principle of equal pay for equal work was established in Europe in 1957, in the Treaty of Rome that established the European Economic Community.
  10. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has a doctorate in Physics and worked as a chemist at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry.
  11. English mathematician Ada Lovelace, has been called “the first computer programmer” for writing an algorithm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s

1.2.F  (Sweden)  3.4.5.F (Margaret Thatcher)  6.F (Marianne)  7.8.F (Finland)  9.10.11.

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a diversity and inclusion consultant, cross-cultural trainer, etiquette expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she is an attorney and mediator. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia, won a coveted Kirkus Star, and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the Greater Austin Business Awards.

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