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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 28, 2014

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Janet_yellen_swearing_in_2010Q: In 2014, who became the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve?

A: Janet Yellen. On October 9, 2013, Janett Yellen was officially nominated to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve and made history as she took office on February 3, 2014 as the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Yellen served as the Vice-chair of the Federal Reserve from 2010.

Women’s History Month Q&A – March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

sally rideQ: Who was the first American woman in space?

Women’s history Month Q&A – March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Condoleezza_RiceQ: Who was the first African American woman to be appointed Secretary of State, and the first woman to be appointed National Security Advisor?

Women’s History Month Q&A – March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Edith_Wharton2Q: Who was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?

A: Edith Wharton won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel “The Age of Innocence.” She was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930.

Women’s History Month Q&A – March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24th, 2014

sotomayor quoteQ: Which female Supreme Court Justice was the first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court?

A: Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Sotomayor earned a B.A. from Princeton University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009, making her the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice, and its third female justice.

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

Wednesday, 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.

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

Tuesday, 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?

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

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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

NASA Administrator Bolden: Women of NASA Inspire Girls to Dream

Monday, 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.

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

Friday, 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.