Once every month we host a feminist trivia night. Traditional trivia games only feature women in 4% of their content. Given the lack of material available, we have to write our own questions. We need YOU to help write questions.
Possible topics: film, theater, tv, music, media, art, literature, language, history, politics, global feminism, activism, science, health, sports, leisure, pop culture, sexuality, sex, gender, pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc. You may submit a multiple choice question or a single answer question. Please keep your questions relatively short. Don’t worry about the exact wording. We will edit to make them more readable. We’re just happy to have help!
Examples of Past Feminist Trivia Questions:
Q: This community-run program, founded by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, provides emergency shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth in Nashville.
Q: This leader and strategist of the student wing of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement led a number of famous efforts including the first successful civil rights campaign to de-segregate lunch counters in Nashville. Who is she?
A: Diane Nash
Q: Founded in its current incarnation in 2001, this sport is widely considered the fastest-growing women’s sport in the world.
A: Roller derby
Q: The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in Greenwich Village, NYC. In what year did they take place?
Q: This young woman from Pakistan won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work in girls’ education. Who is she?
A: Malala Yousafzai
Q: This project started in MA in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. Women affected by violence express their emotions by decorating a shirt then hang the shirts to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. In many places, it’s an annual event and it has spread world-wide. What is the name of the project?
A: The Clothesline Project
Q: Hippocrates first proposed this concept, and it continued to be used in European medical texts to explain a variety of female health problems through the early modern era. Nineteenth-century doctors often blamed the then-prominent diagnosis of “female history” on this supposed malady.
A: Wandering womb/wandering uterus.
Q: She was the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation and won several awards for her leadership, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A 2013 feature film, The Cherokee Word for Water, tells the story of the Bell waterline project that helped launch her political career. Who is she?
A: Wilma Mankiller
Q: This transgender actress and activist appeared on the cover of Time magazine in June 2014, under the headline. “The Transgender Tipping Point,” making her the first transgender person to ever appear on the magazine’s cover.
A: Laverne Cox
Q: Name one of the three women who worked together in creating the hashtag #blacklivesmatter in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime.
1) Alicia Garza
2) Patrisse Cullers
3) Opal Tometi
Q: This woman’s best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, is about her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work.
A: Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa
Q: What women owned and operated retail store in Nashville is named after the first all-women rock band to release an album on a major record label, in 1970?
A: Fanny’s House of Music
Q: In 1973, this tennis player challenged Bobby Rigg to a high-profile tennis match that was dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes”–and she won. She went on to found the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation.
A: Billie Jean King
Q: This woman, who founded The Farm commune in Summertown, Tennessee and wrote books such as Spiritual Midwifery, has been described as “the mother of modern midwifery.”
A: Ina Mae Gaskin
Q: This masked punk collective has released seven singles, including such hits as “Kill the Sexist,” “Death to Prison, Freedom to Protests,” and “Mother of God, Drive Putin Away.”
A: Pussy Riot
Q: This US federal legislation was first passed in 1994, with then-senator Joe Biden championing its cause. It requires law enforcement to treat gender-based violence as a crime rather than a private family matter. The law was reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and again in 2013 over Republican opposition to extended protections for Native American, gay, lesbian and transgender survivors of sexual violence.
A: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Q: This famous 19th century British mathematician, the only child of the poet Lord Byron, is often described at the world’s first computer programmer. Each year on October 15th an annual celebration of women who have made important contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is held in her honor. Who is she?
A: Ada Lovelace
Q: The Bechdel test is an indicator of gender bias in film and other forms of fiction, named after Alison Bechdel – graphic artist, author and 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award. About half of all contemporary films fail the test. Can you name at least one of the three Bechdel Test requirements for a film with substantial women characters?
1) More than one woman
2) Who talk to each other
3) About something other than a man
Q: This US American author is one of the best known women in the field of science fiction. She is a multiple-recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. She wrote the novels “Kindred” and “Lilith’s Brood.” Who is she?
A: Octavia Butler
Q: The graphic novel “Persepolis,” adapted into an animated feature film in 2007 and nominated for an academy award, is the memoir of author Marian Satrapi’s childhood experiences, which included her reflections on the 1979 revolution in which country?
Q: In response to a call for greater representation of women in comics, which Marvel hammer-wielding superhero has been reimagined as a woman in 2014?
Q: This US American lesbian singer was best known for her hit single “It’s My Party” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me.” She was an advocate for LGBT and feminist issues until her death in 2015. Who is she?
A: Lesley Gore
Q: The word “lesbian” is derived from Lesbos, the island where this ancient Greek poet, who wrote of non-heteronormative romantic love, was born.
Q: At just 13 years of age, Malavath Poorna became, in 2014, the youngest woman climber in the world to scale Mount Everest. What country is she from?
Q: She is the only person to receive Nobel Prizes in two different sciences, winning the Physics prize in 1903 and the Chemistry prize in 1911.
A: Maria Curie
Q: In 1952, this woman became the Arkansas branch president of the NAACP. After the Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. Board of Education that racial segregation of schools was unconstitutional in 1954, she was instrumental in supporting the integration of the Little Rock Nine.
A: Daisy Bates
Q: Though no women have until now been featured on US paper money, three women have been featured on circulating coins in the US since 1979. Name one of them.
A: Susan B Anthony, Sacagawea, Helen Keller
Q: Who was the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature, in 1983, for her book The Color Purple?
A: Alice Walker
Q: This Puerto Rican woman is a legendary singer, dancer and actress. She won acclaim for her role as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. She was only the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award and is still the only Latino who has earned the prestigious EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). Who is she?
A: Rita Moreno
Q: Along with Cesar Chavez, this Mexican-American woman co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which eventually became the United Farm Workers (UFW), in order to unite farmers into a union that fights to protect their rights.
A: Dolores Huerta
Q: Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work organizing women into a peace movement that eventually helped oust Charles Taylor from office. The movement, which utilized strategies such as multi-faith protests and sex strikes, was profiled in the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” In what country did Gbowee work for peace?
Q: This painter, who was born and died in Mexico City, is most famous for her self-portraits. She famously said, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” Who is she?
A: Frida Kahlo
Q: What prominent primatologist and author of Gorillas in the Mist was murdered for her work with gorilla conservation and activism?
A: Dian Fossey