25 Questions Every Feminist Should Know the Answer To

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Women’s rights are having a well-deserved, much needed moment.

Now more than ever, gender equality is part of our everyday conversations, which is a change that we welcome and promote at Fairygodboss. 

With all the new voices joining the conversation, however, it’s become apparent that not all of us are up on the feminist lexicon or familiar with the history behind women’s rights. While passion is needed in the fight for equality, so is a solid foundation of knowledge. So, take our quick test to see out how much you know — or don’t know — and find resources to help you on your journey to learning more. 

As you quiz yourself (or your friends, coworkers or family!), keep in mind the links take you to the answer to the question, so don’t click until after you’ve made your guess!

Level 1 Questions

1. This word describes the behavior of hating women. A person who is a __________ has opinions and attitudes about how women should behave and disparage and hate women who don’t conform to this ideal. 

2. Intolerance toward those who hold opinions conflicting with one’s own, usually prejudiced ideas. 

3. Women’s __________  was the movement for the right to vote

4. A ________ referred to British women who advocated for equal voting rights. (Hint: A song from the original Mary Poppins uses this term.)

5. A type of discrimination that undermines a certain gender, often women, and is unfortunately found in many aspects of modern society. 

6. Treating someone as if they are an object or a thing. 

7. Borrowing or stealing the identity of another group of people and using it as your own.

8. A man who believes he is superior to women and that all women are inherently inferior to men

Level 2 Questions

9. This type of feminism focuses on including all women, not just cisgendered white women,

10. Coined in 2017 through a viral tweet, this word describes when a man repeats the same thing a woman suggests (often during work meetings); his response is celebrated while the woman’s idea is ignored. 

11. The opposite of the women’s rights movement and equality for women.
12. _____________ is discrimination and prejudice against people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disabilities.

13. This type of systemic sexism occurs in organizations across many industries. 

14. Men who support women in an active role; this term is often used by workplace diversity and inclusion groups.

15. _________ is “a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something other or in-between, regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth. It is not connected to sexual orientation or one's biological sex.”

16. This metaphorical object refers to the barriers preventing minorities from advancing past a certain level in their careers. 

17. “Sociologist and University of Sydney professor Emerita, Raewyn Connell, describes a prominent feature of ________ as being the practice of enacting physical violence to reinforce male dominance over women. The practice further restricts men and boys by encouraging them to limit their emotional expressions to anger and hide emotions like sadness or fear in order to convey authority and conceal vulnerability.”

18. __________ is how a person outwardly displays their gender.

Level 3 Questions

19. Stereotypes and prejudices you’re unaware you possess are referred to as this, a term often used when discussing hiring practices.

20. A form of manipulation where the victim doubts her own perceptions, reality or ideas about a situation. This type of abuse attacks the victim’s self-confidence and fuels self-doubt. 

21. The time period in feminism where cultivation of the individual and transcendentalist ideas are weaved with feminist ideals. The right to vote was key to this period

22. This abolitionist was the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree; she refused to take her husband’s last name and spent her life fighting for gender equality and the abolition of slavery. 

Bonus round

23. This five letter acronym describes a branch of feminism that believes sex work to be violent and exploitative

24. She was the founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and a leading figure in the suffrage movement in Britain. 

25. This four letter acronym refers to a type of feminist who believes sex and gender are synonymous.

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