March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme, chosen by the National Women’s History Project and the Library of Congress, is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”
To commemorate the contributions of women both past and present, the PBS NewsHour has created a quiz to test your knowledge about notable women.
Quiz created by Thaisi Da Silva and Frank Bi
We’ve also selected five of our favorite PBS NewsHour interviews featuring distinguished women who are taking the world by storm.
1. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl, became well-known in 2009 when she wrote a series of published diary articles about the right to education, especially for girls. In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai in the head and neck while she was riding a school bus. But the assassination attempt failed, and since then she has not stopped her campaign for all children to attend school.
Despite new threats on her life by the Taliban, Yousafzai is not deterred. “Now I’m living a second life. And God has given me this new life for the cause of education,” Yousafzai said to NewsHour chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner.
2. Gloria Steinem
Judy Woodruff interviewed activist Gloria Steinem about the PBS documentary, “Makers: Women Who Make America” and about the current state of feminism and gender equality. The film chronicles the women’s movement and the groundbreaking contributions and struggles of women today.
3. Geena Davis
In 2006, Geena Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media with the goal of researching gender representation in popular film and television. Since the institution’s founding, it discovered that for every one female character in film, there are three male characters. In fact, Davis says if gender equity is your criteria for seeing a film, then you would only see 7 percent of box office hits.
4. Dolores Huerta
In the 1960s, Dolores Huerta organized in the fields — spearheading a national boycott of grapes and lettuce, and making decent pay and working conditions a reality for thousands of farmers. After receiving a Medal of Freedom at the White House, Huerta spoke with Ray Suarez.
5. Angelina Jolie
Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie sat down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” her directorial debut. Jolie admits the film, which takes an unflinching look at the mass rape and ethnic cleansing of the Bosnian War in the 1990s, is “a hard movie to watch, but it is intentionally so.”
For teachers and students
PBS NewsHour Extra wants to know: Who Inspires You?
In honor of Women’s History Month in March, PBS NewsHour Extra wants to know about the woman in history you look up to most, and why. Send a photo of yourself, a close-up photo of your hands holding a picture (or drawing) and a short paragraph about why you chose that woman to firstname.lastname@example.org. We may publish it on our blog.