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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 19, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 19th, 2014

PatsyminkQ: Who was the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress?

A: Patsy Mink, a third generation Japanese American, represented Hawaii in the U.S. House 12 times.  With her election in 1965, Mink became the first woman of color to join the ranks of Congress. In 1972, she became the first Asian American to seek the Democratic nomination for President, running as an anti-war candidate.  The Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act was named after Mink.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 18, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 18th, 2014

Jackie Joyner-KerseeQ: Which female athlete became the first to score more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon and still holds the women’s heptathlon world record?

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 17, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 17th, 2014

Chief LanierQ: Who is the first female chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia?

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NASA Administrator Bolden: Women of NASA Inspire Girls to Dream

By Charles F. Bolden Jr. on March 17th, 2014

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Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) is the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

It’s appropriate for NASA that the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month celebration is “Women of Character.”  The women of our nation’s space program have made countless sacrifices to advance our nation, and their expertise and dedication have been crucial to our many successes in exploration.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 14, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 14th, 2014

Barbara_MikulskiQ: Who is the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress?

A: Maryland’s own, Senator Barbara Mikulski. Senator Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1987, and before that served in the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987.  It was her re-election in 2010 that allowed her to surpass one of our earlier Women’s History Month Q&A answers, Margaret Chase Smith, as the longest-serving female senator.

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A Slice of STEM on 3.14

By Jessica Zetzman on March 14th, 2014

Pi_pie2There are a few labels I will wear proudly, and “nerd” is one of them.  Tonight I am headed to a local restaurant called Science Club for a Pi Day celebration – an activity that I would say lands pretty high on the list of “10 ways to tell you’re a nerd.” I’m going to this Pi Day celebration to meet up with my fellow high school alumni from the Texas Academy of Math and Science (TAMS) that have found themselves living in the DC region.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 13, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 13th, 2014

Harriet_Tubman_croppedQ: Which Maryland born woman in history escaped slavery in 1849 and is best known for being a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading more than 300 slaves to their freedom?

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 12, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 12th, 2014

Elizabeth_Blackwell_(M.D.)Q: Who was the first woman awarded a medical degree by an American college?

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 11, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 11th, 2014

95g35/bean/1642/s111Q: Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win two fields?

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. She was also a pioneer in academia; she was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.  

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Celebrate Women’s History Month at the National Archives

By Jessica Zetzman on March 11th, 2014

11331300423_edff75097aMany of Washington, DC’s museums proudly display the highlights of American history from Judy Garland’s red slippers to the command module of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. But a new permanent exhibit at the National Archives not only gives us an in-depth look at our country’s complicated past with civil rights, but also asks us to consider how we can play a part in shaping our nation’s future.

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