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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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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 10, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 10th, 2014

Madame_CJ_WalkerQ: Who is the woman who’s listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being the first woman to become a millionaire by her own achievements?

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From Discouraged Math Student to Computer Engineer: One Doll’s Story

By Jessica Zetzman on March 9th, 2014

Today marks the the 55th anniversary of Barbie’s debut. Like many icons, she may have stirred up some controversy at times, but she has influenced generations, and today we follow her journey “From Discouraged Math Student to Computer Engineer.” This entry from  was cross-posted with permission from AAUW and originally ran on their blog on December 11, 2013.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 7, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 7th, 2014

Carole KingQ: This singer, songwriter and musician was named the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99.  At the age of 18, she co-wrote what would become the first song by a girl group to hit No. 1 on the American charts, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

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Celebrating International Women’s Day With Our Sister Fund Nirnaya

By Mariah Craven on March 7th, 2014

international-womens-day In the spring of 1998, two women’s funds were launched 8,000 miles apart. In Washington, DC, a group of women established Washington Area Women’s Foundation, while in Andhra Pradesh, India, three women founded Nirnaya. Both organizations were started completely independent of one another, but we are deeply connected by our beliefs in the incredible potential of women and girls, our missions to invest in the economic security of women who live in poverty, and our shared emphasis on engaging donors who understand the importance and impact of investing in women and girls.

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