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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 20, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 20th, 2013

Q: Who was the first female filmmaker to win an Oscar for best director?

A: In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director.  Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker.  She was the fourth woman in history to be nominated for the Best Director Award.  The previous female nominees were: Sofia Coppola (for 2003’s Lost in Translation), Jane Campion (for 1993’s The Piano) and Linda Wertmuller (for Seven Beauties in 1975).

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 19, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 19th, 2013

sharon prattQ: Who was the 3rd mayor of DC and the 1st African-American woman to serve as mayor of a major American city?

A: Sharon Pratt was the third mayor of the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1995. She was the first black woman to serve as mayor of a major American city. She is also to date the only woman to have served as mayor of Washington D.C.

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Turning 15: Celebrating Our Supporters

By Mariah Craven on March 18th, 2013

What do you remember about turning 15? What I remember most about that incredible year was learning to drive. Getting a learner’s permit and being able to hit the road (with a licensed adult) was my first really big step toward independence and, if my mother’s terrified face over in the passenger’s seat was any indication, I was starting out enthusiastically but needed a little guidance. Her hand on the wheel helped steer me away from the mailboxes and signs that lined Roswell Road. Her slightly strained voice reminded me that I needed to switch lanes after checking my blind spot (and turning just my head, not the whole minivan). She taught me how to read a map to make sure that I was going in the right direction. Eventually, she kept her hands off the wheel and trusted me to change lanes without saying “car! Car! CAR!” to me with increasing urgency.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 18, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 18th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company?

A: Katherine Graham. In 1972,  she became the CEO of the Washington Post.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 15, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 15th, 2013

Marion AndersonQ: Which celebrated singer began performing at such a young age that she was nicknamed “The Baby Contralto?” Hint: one of her most famous performances was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 14, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 14th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree?

A: Catherine Brewer, who was from Georgia, received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College in 1840.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 13, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 13th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to become the president of a national bank?

A: Kate Gleason, the first woman to be president of a national bank, as well as the first woman member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 12, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 12th, 2013

Sandra_Day_O'ConnorQ: Who was the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court? (Hint: she’s recently been in the news for her new book).

A: Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in on July 7, 1981 as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 11, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 11th, 2013

Q: This singer, songwriter and producer has co-written over 110 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Can you guess who this talented woman is?

A: Carole King has written or co-written 118 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 8, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 8th, 2013

clara zetkinQ: Who is credited with organizing the very first International Women’s Day?

A: Clara Zetkin fought for women’s rights and was active in politics throughout her life. 102 years ago, she organized the first International Women’s Day.

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