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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 27, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 27th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

A: Amelia Earhart made her solo trip across the Atlantic in 1932.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 26, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 26th, 2013

Q: What woman helped design the iconic fonts and graphics for Apple Macintosh?

A: Susan Kare developed most of the interface elements for Apple Macintosh. She helped develop the bulk of those little icons early Mac users clicked on everyday.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 25, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 25th, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent?

A: On May 15, 1809, Mary Dixon Kies received the first U.S. patent issued to a woman for inventing a process for weaving straw with silk or thread.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 22, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 22nd, 2013

Q: Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win two?

A: Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She received the coveted award in both Physics and Chemistry.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 21, 2013

By Shae Harris on March 21st, 2013

Q: What was the first sporting event that women were allowed to compete in at the Olympics?

A: At the first Winter Games in 1924, the only event open to women was figure skating. Only 15 women participated in these games.

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Partnership for Women’s Prosperity Empowers Women & Girls Nationwide

By Lauren Stillwell on March 20th, 2013

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with our president, Nicky Goren, to a meeting of the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity, a cohort of six women’s funds from across the country that share best practices and find replicable solutions to address systemic problems facing economically vulnerable women and girls nationwide. Our collective grantmaking will touch the lives of more than 16,500 women across the country.

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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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