SFU Open House GSWS Quiz Answers and Prize Winner

May 26, 2012

1. Margaret Lowe Benston was one of the founders of SFU Women's Studies. What other department did she teach in?

A: Maggie Benston joined SFU as a charter faculty member in 1966 in the department of chemistry. She was one of the founders of women's studies in the mid-'70s and taught in that program part-time.

2. Betty Friedan is best known for what feminist literary contribution?

A: Betty Friedan (Feb.04, 1921-Feb.06, 2006) was an American feminist activist, writer and founder of NOW.  She wrote The Feminine Mystique in 1963, which is often cited as the beginning of what became known as the 'second wave' of feminism.  The book gives voice to women's experiences and lack of agency at home and in society.

3. Who said "one is not born a woman, one becomes one."

A: Simone de Beauvoir said this.  She was a French existential philosopher who wrote with a feminist voice on various subjects.

4. In what year did SFU offer the first Women's Studies course?

A: In 1971, the Geography of Gender was offered.

5. Who was Canada's first female university professor?

A: In 1912, Carrie Derick, became Professor of Comparative Morphology and Genetics at the University of McGill.  She was a geneticist, botanist, avid gardener, suffragette, social reformer and founder of McGill's Genetics Department.

6. In what year were many Canadian women able to vote by federal law?

A. 1918. Women were given the right to vote federally as of May 24, 1918. In 1960, Aboriginal persons are granted the right to vote in federal elections.

7. When do we celebrate Women's History Month in Canada?

A. October is Women's History Month in Canada. Proclaimed in 1992 by the Government of Canada, Women's History Month provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the important contributions of women and girls to our society – and to the quality of our lives today.

8. Canada is the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

A. True. The first two nations were The Netherlands and Belgium.

9. What year did Kim Campbell become Canada's first female Prime Minister?

A. 1993. Kim Campbell served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 25, 1993 to November 4, 1993. Campbell was the first and to date the only female Prime Minister of Canada

10. What inn was the site of a series of riots in 1969 that symbolized a turning point in the gay rights movement?

A. Stonewall. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

11. Who was not one of the five women involved int the 'Persons' case of 1929, gaining women access to be appointed to the Senate of Canada?

A. Laura Secord. In the 1920s five Alberta women fought a legal and political battle to have women recognized as persons under the BNA Act. The landmark decision by the British Privy Council, the highest level for legal appeals in Canada at the time, was a milestone victory for the rights of women in Canada.

The five Alberta women responsible for the Persons Case victory are now known as "the Famous Five."

  • Emily Murphy
  • Henrietta Muir Edwards
  • Nellie McClung
  • Louise McKinney
  • Irene Parlby

Laura Ingersoll Secord (September 13, 1775 – October 17, 1868) was a Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. She is known for warning British forces of an impending American attack that led to the British victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams.

12. Where is Canada's oldest Women's studies university program?

A. SFU!!!


The winner of the GSWS Prize Pack is Patty Pan. Congratulations!!!

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