There are 162 million women in the United States – five million more than men. One of them could become the first female U.S. president next year. We wonder: Which of the following statements about U.S. women are true?
A. The share of U.S. women working has declined.
B. They are better educated than U.S. men on average.
C. They are more likely to vote than men.
D. The role of marriage and motherhood has evolved in their lives. Continue reading →
At over 630 million, the number of women in India is about as large as the populations of the United States, Mexico, Japan and Spain combined. We wonder: Which of the following statements about India’s women are true?
A. Their education has improved recently.
B. They have held high posts in government.
C. Economic opportunities remain limited for many.
D. There are many more men than women in India.
E. Violence against women is an ongoing emergency. Continue reading →
The challenge of caring for and raising children in the United States has become a renewed topic of presidential election campaigns. Which of the following statements about U.S. childcare are true?
A. In every U.S. state, childcare now costs families more than rent.
B. Childcare costs hit low-income families harder.
C. The United States does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. Continue reading →
During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a lot of attention has been paid to the 1% of Americans at the top of the nation’s income pyramid. But what about other “one-percenters” in U.S. society? Which of these four groups is the only one that accounts for more than 1% of the U.S. population?
B. Online gig-economy workers
C. Current U.S. military personnel
D. U.S. women who have ever served in the U.S. armed forces Continue reading →
Over the last several decades, considerable progress has been made when it comes to women in politics. In some countries, women account for nearly half of parliament members. Most other nations lag far behind. We wonder: Which country has the largest share of women in its national parliament?
Women are making progress in the leadership ranks of many countries. We wonder: Among the world’s 20 most populous nations, how many have so far had a woman as head of government or state in modern times?
Back in 1970, men constituted a majority of people studying for college degrees in every region of the world. Now, women have the upper hand in most regions. We wonder: Where do women account for the largest share of college students?
A. North America
B. Latin America
C. Eastern Europe
D. Sub-Saharan Africa
Over the past several decades, women have managed to increase their presence in the workplace all over the Western world. Beginning with World War II, the United States was the vanguard of that move toward higher labor participation rates for women. We wonder: Seven decades onward, is the United States still leading the way among developed countries?
A. Yes, the United States still leads.
B. Not quite, but it is still near the top.
C. No, it is in the middle of the pack.
D. No, it is near the bottom.
Women make up 50% of the world’s population. But when it comes to their representation in government, the percentages are often significantly — and shamefully — much lower. We wonder: Which major government currently has the highest percentage of women in its cabinet?
B. United States
D. European Union
Since 1901, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 846 different individuals for their achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics and fostering peace. We wonder: What percentage of the recipients are women?