PhotoCredit: Library of Congress Margaret Chase Smith at her swearing in ceremony with Speaker William Bankhead, and Rep. James C. Oliver
Women’s History Month occurs annually from March 1-31, to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in U.S. American history. The theme in 2021 is Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced” In celebration, test your knowledge about past and present professional women in the United States. Women continue to make incredible, often-unnoticed strides in the business world, and the answers may surprise you! From mothers on the move to rising numbers of women in executive roles, find out more about how U.S. American women are excelling. Stay tuned for additional quizzes about women from international destinations outside the U.S. as we broaden our global awareness.
- Gender diversity within business is associated with increased sales revenue, larger customer bases, and greater relative profits. (University of Illinois at Chicago.)
- There are 37 women running Fortune 500 companies currently; UP from 24 in 2014.
- Twenty-four women (16D, 8R) serve in the United States Senate in the 117th Congress. Of these Twenty-four, two are women of color.
- There are about 6.4 million businesses in the U.S. owned by women of color, as of 2019
- 31-year-old Whitney Wolfe Herd, recently became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire after taking her dating website match.com public.
- Moms in Congress introduce five more bills over their tenure than their peers.
- Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.
- In STEM, women are making gains – from 8% of STEM workers in 1970 to 15% in 2019
- Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. A Republican politician, Smith served in the House of Representatives from 1940-1949 and the Senate from 1949-1973.
- Private technology companies led by women are more capital-efficient, achieving 35% higher ROI.
- In 1978 Dr. Jane Wright became professor of surgery, head of the cancer chemotherapy department, and associate dean at New York Medical College, and the highest ranked African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution.
Answer Key: 1.T 2.T 3.F (3 are women of color) 4.T 5.F (Bumble, not match.com) 6.T 7.F (1931) 8.F (from 8% to 27%) 9.T 10.T 11.T
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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