Can you tell fact from fiction? Take the feminism quiz?
Do you know what a feminist looks like? No one really does because there isn't any absolute definition of what a feminist is. At its heart, feminism is about standing up for gender equality, yet the movement's accompanying ideologies and politics are trickier to assess. How much do you know about feminism?start quiz
Question 2 of 11
In 1968, feminists earned the nickname "bra burners" when a group of protesters at the Miss America pageant set their unmentionables on fire.
... While feminists did picket outside the 1968 Miss America pageant, they symbolically tossed their bras into trashcans but never torched any undies.
Question 3 of 11
The earliest spark of first-wave feminism started when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were denied admission to the all-male Temperance Union in 1840.
... In 1840, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were denied seats at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, which angered and energized them to address gender inequality.
Question 4 of 11
In the early 1990s, young feminists called riot grrrls started a grassroots movement promoting gender equality largely through punk rock and handmade magazines.
... Girl punk bands, including Bratmobile and Bikini Kill, were the default leaders of the riot grrrl movement that advocated third-wave feminist ideals through music, handmade 'zines and consciousness-raising.
Question 5 of 11
A longstanding feminist platform is outlawing pornography.
... In the 1970s, Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin spearheaded anti-porn feminism. However, in the 1980s, sex-positive feminism embraced female sexual expression, including prostitution and pornography.
Question 6 of 11
"Womanism" is a term coined by black feminist Bell Hooks that was meant to unite black and white feminists under a common cause.
... Second-wave feminism was marked by a distinct racial divide, with some black feminists feeling alienated by the white-led movement. As a result, Alice Walker came up with "womanism," which was intended to symbolize a universal, color-blind ideology.
Question 7 of 11
Gloria Steinem was the first woman featured on the cover of Ms. magazine.
... In 1972, Ms. magazine hit stands proclaiming "Wonder Woman for President," accompanied by a picture of the superhero.
Question 8 of 11
Feminism's roots can be traced back to gatherings among lower-class women in 17th-century England.
... In 1610, a French noblewoman started the first salon, or gathering meant for intellectual discussion, outside of royal court. This marked the first such outlet for men and women to exchange ideas and got the ball rolling on feminist philosophy.
Question 9 of 11
When the National Women's Organization (NOW) formed in 1966, no men were admitted.
... When Betty Friedan started NOW in 1966, it was open to both male and female membership.
Question 10 of 11
Despite endless lobbying efforts, second-wave feminists failed to get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed into law.
... The ERA was a major source of contention within the second-wave movement since some felt that too much effort was being poured into it at the expense of other pro-woman platforms. The ERA has yet to be adopted.
Question 11 of 11
Simon de Beauvoir's "Vindication of the Rights of Women" is one of the fundamental feminist works of literature, published in 1949.
... Simon De Beauvoir's "The Second Sex" decried women's inferior status in society, reasoning that cultural distinctions between genders only served to reinforce patriarchy and the submission of women.
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