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Wins For Women

The early 1900s were a very different time for girls and women around the world. Women didn’t have the right to vote and typically couldn’t own property. Female doctors, lawyers, and scientists were rare exceptions in these male-dominated fields. Many colleges did not accept female students. But women were organizing to demand the right to vote, negotiate better working conditions, and more.

International Women’s Day was one of the ways they organized. Although earlier marches were held to advocate for women’s rights, this event was first suggested in 1910 by Clara Zetkin at the International Conference of Working Women. Zetkin, a German activist, proposed that every country should celebrate women on the same day to help press their demands. The United Nations recognized International Women’s Day in 1975 and later adopted a resolution that all member states should observe it.

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8. It’s a call to action for gender parity. To reach gender parity, the contributions of men and women would need to be equal in every aspect—including at work, within families, and within governments. That means the same number of female and male political leaders, doctors, movie directors, and in every other career.

Great strides in gender parity have been made since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, but experts warn there’s still a long way to go to reach true equal contribution and representation.

Answer the questions using the charts and graphs above. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

In what year did Aretha Franklin become the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

A. 1975

B. 1981

C. 1987

D. 2010

What percent of medical researchers are women?

A. 48%

B. 52%

C. 53%

D. 80%

What was the approximate median annual earnings of women in 2000?

A. $22,000

B. $25,000

C. $27,000

D. $30,000

There were 1,183,000 lawyers in the U.S. in 2020. How many of them were women?

A. 437,710

B. 615,160

C. 626,990

D. 745,290

In which year was the gap between men’s and women’s median earnings the largest?

A. 1980

B. 1990

C. 2000

D. 2010

What achievement was Valentina Tereshkova the first woman to accomplish?

A. winning a Nobel Prize

B. flying to space

C. climbing Mt. Everest

D. winning an Academy Award for Best Director

Which career shown is closest to achieving gender parity?

How old was Sandra Day O’Connor when she became the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court?

 In 2020, there were 417,000 computer programmers and 256,000 artists in the U.S. Which had more women? By how much?

Poll your class on which woman in “Female Firsts” they want to learn more about. (Visit scholastic.com/math for a poll template.) Then make a circle graph of the results.

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