Friday, 3 March 2017

POP QUIZ! How Many Famous Canadian Women Do You Know? 

Not personally, of course! But March is Women’s History Month—as well as Nutrition Month—and since I’m learning all about “Canada” this year, I’ve spent a little time researching famous Canadian women. You won’t believe what I’ve dug up!

Like, did you know that famous painter Emily Carr has often been described as Canada’s Van Gogh? Or that Canadian writer Mary Shadd Cary was the first black woman newspaper editor in North America? I didn’t know this till I embarked on this ‘Know Canada Journey’!

Which is why I’ve created this little pop quiz. (Don’t worry if tests make you nervous, the answers are at the bottom of the post. But please, RESIST the urge to scroll down. Where’s the fun in that?)

1. This woman, the first in Canada to receive her medical degree, campaigned to create the Women’s Medical College, way back in 1883: 
a) Jennie trout
b) Avril Lavigne
c) Roberta Bodnar

2. Astronaut Robert Thirsk may have taken 250,000 canola seeds into space, but this neurologist became the first female Canadian astronaut to launch into space, back in 1992:
a) Margaret Atwood
b) Jennie Trout
c) Roberta Bodnar

3. Known as the “Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey,” this Canadian was the first woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010:
a) Agnes Macphail
b) Angela James
c) Nellie McLung

4. Raised by farmers and very aware of the issues they faced, this Canadian was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons:
a) Agnes Macphail 
b) Gabrielle Roy 
c) Alice Munro 

5. Kevin Therres may have invented the first Jet Engine Funny Car to run on 100%
canola biodiesel, but this Canadian female race car driver also knew how to put the medal to the metal:
a) Angela James
b) Samantha Bee
c) Kelly Williams

Okay, NOW you can scroll down to see how many of the questions you answered correctly. Throughout the month, I’ll be sharing more about famous Canadian woman from history on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—it’s all part of my continued celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!

Gotta jet! Have a great weekend.

~  Chase Superman Duffy

Answers: 1. a, 2. c, 3. b, 4. a, 5. c