International Women’s Day 2024 Quiz and Answers

March 28, 2024

The Kamloops & District Labour Council’s observance and activities for the 2024 International Women’s Day were a massive success with an incredible amount of participation.

Included in this post are the questions, along with the answers for the quiz.

  1. Who were the Famous Five?
    • The first teams in the all-Canadian women’s hockey league
    • A 1980s pop band
    • A group of suffragettes
    • The first five provinces to allow women to vote

      Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby were originally known as The Alberta Five, and later The Famous Five. Each made significant contributions towards women’s rights in the 20th century, and together they instigated the landmark “persons case” which went to the Supreme Court and ended with Canadian women achieving the status of ‘persons” under the law, in 1929. 
  2. Who was the first Canadian female member of parliament?
    • Avril Lavigne
    • Mary Pickford
    • Betty Crocker
    • Agnes MacPhail

      Agnes MacPhail was elected to the House of Commons in 1921 during the first federal election in which women had the right to vote. She held her seat for 19 years and was noted for her support of marginalized groups including women, immigrants, prisoners and miners. Representing the riding from Grey County in Ontario, she also championed the rights of the working class and farmers, and was alternatively accused of being a communist, or someone whose judgement was overly influenced by her “sweet nature” and “womanly sympathy.
  3. What is Laura Secord’s claim to fame?
    • Founding the first hospital in Queenstown, Ontario
    • Being married to Mr. Secord
    • Being the first successful female chocolatier in Canada
    • Heroism during the War of 1812?

      Laura Secord’s famous ‘walk’ during the War of 1812 started early morning of June 22, 1813. The Niagara area had been taken and occupied by U.S. troops, and the previous evening Secord learned of a surprise attack that would have furthered American control of the Peninsula. It is assumed she learned of the attack after overhearing US soldiers, billeted in her home. She trekked 32 km, alone, to a camp of allied Mohawk warriors, who led her to British headquarters. On June 24 a small British force and a larger contingent of Mohawks were ready for the attack and defeated the Americans at the Battle of Beaver Dams. Secord was not mentioned in the reports immediately following the battle and was awarded little recognition throughout her life. 
  4. Who was the first Canadian woman in space?
    • Marilyn Dennis
    • Roberta Bondar
    • Margaret Trudeau
    • Jen Zielinski

      Roberta Bondar flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery in January 1992, and over eight days in space conducted more than 40 experiments on the effect of low gravity on the body. A physician and neurologist, she was the first astronaut to have a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and is an inductee of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame. She is a respected speaker and consultant in business, scientific and medical fields, an author, photographer, and also a certified skydiver, underwater diver, and private pilot. In 2009 she founded a not-for-profit foundation focusing on environmental awareness. 
  5. Who was the first Indigenous female chief in Canada?
    • Sheila North
    • Jace Meyer
    • Tamara Goddard
    • Elsie Knott

      Elsie Knott was elected to lead the Anishinaabe Curve Lake First Nation in 1954, just three years after Indigenous women won the right to vote in band elections and hold positions on band councils. Dedicated to improving housing, water quality, infrastructure and social services, she also advocated tirelessly for the preservation of Ojibway traditions and culture. In 2019 18.5 per cent of Chiefs in First Nations communities were women. 
  6. Who was the first woman to serve as governor general of Canada?
    • Adrienne Clarkson
    • Julie Payette
    • Michelle Jean
    • Jeanne Sauvé
    • Mary Simon

      Jeanne Sauvé was governor general from 1984 to 1990. Since then, other women have served as governor-general. They are Adrienne Clarkson, Michelle Jean, Julie Payette and Mary Simon. Clarkson, born in Hong Kong, is the first visible minority and the first refugee to be appointed governor general. She is also the first to serve in this position without having a military or political background. Jean was the first Haitian Canadian governor general. Payette was a former Canadian astronaut. Simon, who is Inuk, is the first Indigenous person to serve as Canada’s governor general. 
  7. Kim Campbell is the only woman to have served as Canada’s prime minister, but her first name is not Kim. What is her first name?
    • Doris
    • Olga
    • Mildred
    • Melissa
    • Avril

      Kim Campbell’s full name is Avril Phaedra Douglas “Kim” Campbell. She served as Canada’s prime minister from June 25 to Nov. 4, 1993. She was born in Port Alberni and is the only prime minister who was born in British Columbia. 
  8. Which woman holds the role of Chief Public Health Officer of Canada?
    • Rita Johnston
    • Deena Hinshaw
    • Theresa Tam
    • Bonnie Henry
    • Ethel Blondin-Andrew

      Theresa Tam has been the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada since June 2017. She has worked with public health emergencies in Canada, including SARS, H1N1, MERS, Ebola and COVID-19. 
  9. According to WBE Canada, what percentage of corporate and government contracts are awarded to women-owned businesses?
    • Less than five per cent
    • 32 per cent
    • 11 per cent
    • More than 40 per cent

      WBE Canada, an organization representing women-owned businesses in Canada, states fewer than five per cent of corporate and government contracts go to women-owned businesses. 
  10. In 2018, Viola Desmond’s picture appeared on a Canadian $10 bill. She is the first woman not in the British monarchy to appear on a Canadian banknote. Why was she chosen for this banknote?
    • Medical research into cancer treatments
    • Setting world records in track in the 1948 Olympics
    • Songwriting accomplishments
    • Computer science research
    • Civil rights activity

      In November 1946, Viola Desmond, a Black woman, challenged a policy at a theatre in Nova Scotia, restricting Black people to the theatre’s upper balcony. She received a criminal conviction as a result and was not successful in having this conviction overturned. However, her actions led the way to future civil rights accomplishments in Canada. In 2010, she received a posthumous pardon.

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