March 8, 2011, is being celebrated in many parts of the world as the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD). A quiz on the IWD and women achievers.

1. In which year did the United Nations start observing March 8 as the IWD?

2. What is the significance of the phrase “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”?

3. Name the five women recipients of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

4. Name the authors of the classics Black Beauty, Pride and Prejudice and Uncle Tom's Cabin.

5. How is the brave freedom fighter and historical figure born Manikarnika Tambe better known?

6. What is the claim to fame of Karnam Malleswari in the context of Indian sport?

7. With a recorded reign spanning 63 years and 216 days, who holds the record for the longest reign by any female monarch in history?

8. Which famous Indian poetic work's name would literally translate to “I bow to thee, Mother”?

9. What is the stage name of the singing sensation Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta?

10. Who are considered the mothers of the gods in Hindu and Greek mythologies?

11. In the world of international politics, the world's first woman prime minister was from a country close to ours. Name her and the country.

12. Beauty is always linked to women. Which Indian was the first to be chosen as Miss Universe?

13. What is common to the chemical symbols Cm, Ir, Nb, Pd and V?

14. Sister Nivedita and Mira Behn were dedicated disciples of which great Indian luminaries?

15. Which famous character has been marketed for more than 50 years as a ‘Girl's Best Friend'?

Answers: 1. 1975; 2. It is the global United Nation's theme for this year's IWD; 3. Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Aruna Asaf Ali, M.S. Subbulakshmi and Lata Mangeshkar; 4. Lakshmi bai, Rani of Jhansi; 5. She is the only woman to win an Olympic medal; 6. Anna Sewell, Jane Austen and Harriet Beecher Stowe; 7. Queen Victoria; 8. ‘Vande Mataram' by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee; 9. Lady Gaga; 10. Aditi and Rhea; 11. Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka; 12. Sushmita Sen; 13. They are for the chemical elements named after women (Marie Curie, Iris, Niobe, Pallas or Athena and Vanadis); 14. Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi; 15. Barbie.