Equality & Diversity

Testing the Brain Cells on International Women's Day


The beginning of March saw us recognise and celebrate International Women's Day.

We decided to release a quiz to the HAFLS team to have a go at testing their trivia skills. See whether you knew the answers to the questions!

  1. What was the name of the artist that died in 2018 whose hits included – “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer” Aretha Franklin
  2. Who was the first female prime minister? Sirimavo Bandaranaike - Sirimavo Bandaranaike, (born April 17, 1916, Ratnapura, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka]—died October 10, 2000), stateswoman who, upon her party’s victory in the 1960 general election in Ceylon, became the world’s first woman prime minister. She left office in 1965 but returned to serve two more terms (1970–77, 1994–2000) as prime minister. The family she founded with her husband, W.R.D. Bandaranaike, rose to great prominence in Sri Lankan politics.
  3. What is the name of the “material girl” who was married to Guy Ritchie? Madonna
  4. Which woman fought for women’s rights in 1850s America despite being black and born a slave and wrote the speech ‘Ain’t I a Woman’? Sojourner Truth - Ans: Sojourner Truth (1797–1897) was born into slavery but escaped to freedom and became one of the most noted African-American women speakers on issues of civil rights and abolition. The speech contained the following:“Den dat little man in black dar, he say women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wan’t a woman! Whar did your Christ come from?” Rolling thunder couldn’t have stilled that crowd, as did those deep, wonderful tones, as she stood there with outstretched arms and eyes of fire. Raising her voice still louder, she repeated, “Whar did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothin’ to do wid Him.”
  1. Rush and Heat Rush are fragrances endorsed by which female singer? Beyonce

      6. Which all-girl group “told us what they want, what they really, really want”? Spice Girls

      7. Which Country singer has a feminist musical currently showing in the West End? Dolly Parton

      8. Which woman can be credited for being the mother of computers? Ada Lovelace- Despite being one of the many figures in the history of science whose work was only properly appreciated posthumously, today Ada Lovelace (1815–52) is now regarded as one of the most important figures in the early history of the computer. Lovelace is particularly intriguing as, not only was she a woman working during a period when men dominated the fields of science and mathematics, but she also had a unique and farsighted insight into the potential of computers. She met Charles Bubbage in 1833 and he had credited her with the work she did with him, but male scientists were scathing preferring to say that she only helped with publicising his work.

     9. I’ve won four Olympic gold medals for cycling in the last 10 years – who am I? Laura Trott

    10. Who is the most successful female tennis player of all time, in terms of grand slam singles titles wins? Serena Williams

    11. Who was the first African woman to receive the Nobel prize? Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental activist who founded the Green Belt Movement which campaigned for the planting of trees, environmental conversation and women’s rights.  The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Maathai was elected to parliament and appointed assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources from 2003– 2005.  Her work was internationally recognised when, in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, peace and democracy

    12. Sarah Story is the most successful British Paralympian of all time with 14 gold medals – what sport does she compete in? Cycling – road and track

    13. British Track and field athlete, Jessica Ennis, was born in which English city? Sheffield

    14. Which woman was named ‘Computer Science Man of the Year”? Grace Hopper - who in 1934, earned her Ph.D. in mathematics, becoming one of the very few women to hold such a degree. She went on to help "develop a compiler that was a precursor to the widely used COBOL language" for computers, and she became a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. She also coined the phrase ‘computer bug’ when moths ate through the cables of the computer system she was developing.

    15. What sport does Trischa Zorn hold the most gold medals at the Paralympics in? Swimming

    16. On average, how many women experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2017? 1.2 million

    17. Women farmers control less land than men. What percentage of landholders are women? Less than 20%

 18. Globally, women make up what percentage of parliamentarians.23%

 19. Worldwide, women are paid less than men, in most countries earning ***** on average of men’s wages. (World Bank Gender Data Portal, 201560 - 75%  

HAFLS gears up to support Dementia Action Week

HAFLS is getting ready to support The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Action Week, running from the 20th to 26th May. 

Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia. But too many people living with dementia report feeling cut off from their community, losing their friendships and facing dementia alone. 

Having dementia shouldn’t mean an isolated life. And it doesn’t have to. Simple actions from us all can create supportive communities - where people living with the condition can continue to socialise with others, hop on the bus, go to their favourite shops or take part in local activities for as long as possible.

We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about. (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week)

Tracey's story (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/how-tracey-helping-sports-clubs-leisure-centres-inclusive-dementia) highlights just how important leisure and exercise can be in improving health and wellbeing, aswell as maintaining a connection with others.

HAFLS's wide range of courses include 'Get Smart, Get Fit' which has a real focus on keeping mobile, both physically and mentally, to improve wellbeing levels.

Don't feel that you're on your own; we're here to support you. Please give us a call whether you are affected by dementia or if you are a carer for someone living with dementia and we can advise on what courses are available to you. Our number is 01992 556194.

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