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What’s the difference? Try our International Women’s Day quiz and find out!

7 March 2014
by Patrick Love
Admit it, you're surprised

Admit it, you’re surprised!

“How abominable before God is the Empire or Rule of Wicked Woman, yea, of a traitress and bastard.” That’s the opening of John Knox’s 1558 diatribe The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women in which he explains that “To promote a Woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion or empire above any realm, nation or city is:
A. Repugnant to nature.
B. Contumely to God.
C. The subversion of good order, of all equity and justice.”

In fact, it’s not a multiple choice, all these are the correct answer.

He helpfully points out that “Woman in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey man, not to rule and command him.”

How much has changed since, and how much do you know about it? Try the quiz to find out. If you’d like some help finding the answers, try the following:

OECD work on Gender

Wikigender “a project initiated by the OECD Development Centre to facilitate the exchange and improve the knowledge on gender equality-related issues around the world.”

DAC network on gender equality “the only international forum where experts from development co-operation agencies meet to define common approaches in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

Social Institutions and Network Index (SIGI) “first launched by the OECD Development Centre in 2009 as an innovative measure of the underlying drivers of gender inequality for over 100 countries. Instead of measuring gender gaps in outcomes such as employment and education, the SIGI instead captures discriminatory social institutions”
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11 Responses
  1. tom schuller permalink
    March 7, 2014

    Extremely useful post, leading to excellent data range.
    I’m puzzled, though, by UK figures on gender wage gap. This is for full-time employees, and is at just under 20%, whereas the published figures here are at 9.5/10% – the 20% figure is the one you get if you add in part-timers.

  2. Rolando permalink
    March 7, 2014

    Very interesting test, dense and rich in information. Gender inequality can also be fun!

  3. Rachel permalink
    March 10, 2014

    Very interesting quiz, rich in information. Will definitely be returning to these resources for my work.


  4. Sam permalink
    March 13, 2014

    I got the result “You think ladies should be treated well, but those women’s libbers are nothing but troublemakers.” – WHAT??!

    I’m actually a bit offended at this! I consider myself a feminist, however – some of the questions were extremely precise/random and don’t really demonstrate any real understanding of women’s issues in particular (where do men spend the most time looking after their appearance, for example)… I’d hate to think that because I wasn’t aware of some of the answers to these precise questions that somehow it’s changed my view that women are equal to men and that more should be done to ensure equality! I guess I’ll just have to do more research!

    However, I think it’s a great initiative; and I certainly learned a lot.

  5. Lev permalink
    March 13, 2014

    I find this article and the test extremely demagogic and neither useful nor informative. Women’s rights in an important issue. If we are to destroy the false stereotypes that for example women are too emotional to make important decisions; I don’t think citing texts from 500 years ago – that are good for nothing but to stir up emotions – is the right way.

    Also if the quiz is to be in any way educational, wouldn’t it be more logical and practical if one could see the right answer after one chose a wrong one? So as to learn the utmostly useful and enlightning truths about who said which baffling tomfoolery concerning women’s rights?

    I find it hard to take the whole thing seriously. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously, but then again what is it doing on the front page of OECD?

  6. Marcus permalink
    March 17, 2014

    The quiz yielded some interesting information, but to assess and declare people’s attitudes by measuring their knowledge is fundamentally flawed. My “result” said that I am supportive of treating women well, but ant-women’s lib! As far as I am concerned, women and men are equal, we should all be treated well, and where freedom movements exist, or are needed, to protect equalities, or to redress inequalities, I fully support them.

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