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How Much Do You Know About the Struggle for Women’s Equality?

Living as a woman today in the United States is so much better than it was even just a decade ago. Especially in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, women are feeling empowered to voice the truth about sexual harassment, assault, abuse and society’s pervading imbalance of power. There are also other issues where the struggle for equality and fairness continues, including the continuing gender wage gap, reproductive rights, inadequate maternal health care and better laws for paid parental leave and affordable childcare.

But how much do you really know about the struggle for women’s equality? Take our quiz to find out and then share it with a friend. Some of the answers just might surprise you about how far we’ve come and also help you realize just how far we’ve yet to go.

  • When did women get the right to vote in the US?

    • 1901
    • 1920
    • 1936
  • Until 1974, most banks wouldn’t allow a woman to open up a credit card in her own name — she needed a man as a cosigner.

    • True
    • False
  • What percentage of working women in the US say they have experienced harassment in the workplace?

    • 30%
    • 50%
    • 80%
  • What year did Congress pass the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that made it illegal to discriminate or fire women based on pregnancy- and childbirth-related medical conditions?

    • 1978
    • 1988
    • 2008
  • Until the mid-70s, marital rape was not recognized. It wasn’t until 1993 that it was criminalized in all 50 states.

    • True
    • False
  • For every dollar that a white man earns, how much does a Latina earn?

    • 89 cents
    • 69 cents
    • 59 cents
  • Sexual harassment happens across all industries, but especially in low-wage service jobs. What percentage of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC in the last decade came from service workers?

    • More than 10%
    • More than 20%
    • More than 25%
  • Birth control was considered “obscene and immoral” for decades. What year did it finally become legal in all 50 states?

    • 1955
    • 1965
    • 1975
  • Only 1 in 5 C-level leaders (i.e. CEO, CFO, COO, CIO) is a woman. How many are women of color?

    • Fewer than 1 in 30
    • Fewer than 5 in 30
    • Fewer than 10 in 30
  • Although the average American woman wears between a size 16 and a size 18, there is only one state with a law prohibiting discrimination against overweight people — which state is it?

    • California
    • Michigan
    • New York

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Written by Mar Yvette

On-air host, lifestyle expert, writer and editor with 10+ years of experience working with some of the world’s most recognized media companies.