Quiz: How well do you know the women leaders of the world?


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Last week, the folks at TED hosted their first-ever TEDWomen event, a conference that invited both guys and gals to explore the women leading change and learn about their ideas and visions for the future.

Inspired by their blog post of the world’s 18 female elected heads of state, we decided to make a Facebook quiz on the subject. Take a look at the quiz questions below and try your hand at answering them either in the comments section or on Facebook.

1. True or False: As of 2010, Africa has only one elected female head of state.
a) True
b) False

2. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hails from which country?
a) Nigeria
b) Liberia
c) South Africa

3. Name the current president of India and head of the largest democracy in the world:
a) Pratibha Patil
b) Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
c) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

4. ________ is the world’s first woman to succeed another woman as an elected head of state.
a) Mary Robinson
b) Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
c) Mary McAleese

5. Who followed in her father’s footsteps to become prime minister of Bangladesh?
a) Shahabuddin Ahmed
b) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
c) Sheikh Hasina Wazed

6. Chancellor Merkel of ____ recently urged wealthy nations to increase commitments to the Global Fund.
a) Germany
b) Iceland
c) France

7. Prime Minister _______ of Iceland is the world’s first openly LGBT head of government.
a) Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
b) Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
c) Geir Haarde

8. Tarja Halonen, a strong advocate of women’s rights, is president of which Scandinavian country?
a) Denmark
b) Finland
c) Norway

9. True or False: Australia currently has a female prime minister.
a) True
b) False

10. Roza Otunbayeva is president of which country?
a) Romania
b) Kyrgyzstan
c) Ukraine
d) Slovakia

Special thanks to our intern Veronica Weis for putting the quiz together and ONE global health policy expert Todd Summers for suggesting the idea!


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