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Jill S. Tietjen

Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., author, speaker, and electrical engineer, is serving as the 2014-2015 President of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In addition to her non-profit board service, Tietjen currently sits as an outside director on the boards of Georgia Transmission Corporation and Merrick & Company. The co-author of the bestselling and award-winning book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, Tietjen has been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Entries by Jill S. Tietjen

Fearless Women

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Janelle Moore is fearlessly pursuing her dream to be the first African-American woman to snowboard in the Winter X Games. She follows in the footsteps of other fearless women in every field of endeavor who paved the way and broke down barriers of all kinds. Each of the following fearless...

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Some Leaders Are Born Women

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Portraits in Leadership unveiled by Girl Scouts in December, features interviews of sitting members of Congress who discuss their thoughts on leadership. These Senators and Representatives vividly demonstrate that some leaders are born women. Women have not yet reached parity in Congress so our country has not achieved...

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Women Make All the Difference

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 3:18 PM

The Wall Street Journal carried an article in its 11/29-30, 2014 edition titled, "The Pilgrims Are Us." The article stated that one of the most important lessons that the Jamestown settlers (1607) learned was that they needed the women "whose work was invaluable and who allowed a colony to grow."...

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Oh, Baby!

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:46 PM

At 100 years of age, the woman who advocated for 50 years for newborn hearing screening, died -- after seeing the screening she advocated for implemented for almost every infant born in a hospital in the U.S. I started thinking about women whose accomplishments helped improve the health of newborns...

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Windy City She-roes

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:50 AM

The Windy City (Chicago, Illinois) has produced its share of accomplished women. I felt the wind while I was in Chicago recently and met some amazing women, who are making tremendous contributions to society, just like the women in this blog. The women profiled below have all been inducted into...

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Women's Firsts in the Big Apple

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:46 PM

I had the pleasure last week of hearing Lesley Stahl interview the woman who changed how we educate preschool children -- the woman who was responsible for Sesame Street. The interview took place in New York City and caused me to think about other women with firsts who were associated...

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Keystone State She-roes

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:38 AM

My travel last week took me to Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. Many strong and accomplished women are affiliated with this state that was one of the 13 original colonies. I've picked four of these amazing women for us to learn about, all of whom have been inducted into the

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Women Who Run

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:17 PM

As I listened to Kathrine Switzer describe her preparation for and her participation in the 1967 Boston Marathon, I knew that I was listening to an amazing history. Women have had to prove over and over again that they are physically capable of participating in athletics. In this blog, we...

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Sunshine State Women

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Women change the world. As I listened to the stories of National Women's Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Antonia Novello, Florida Women's Hall of Fame Inductee Louise Gopher and Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach Jeri Muoio, I heard the passion, determination and persistence that are the hallmarks...

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National Medalists

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Answer: The U.S. equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Question: What are the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (previously the National Medal of Technology)?

This question came to mind when I was in Washington, DC in late September for the inaugural Yvonne C....

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He For She Throughout History

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 7:58 PM

Many historical women whose accomplishments we are aware of today had to battle society's perceptions of women's proper place in the social sphere at that point in history and achieved what they did alone or only with the support of other women. Some women were fortunate enough to have the...

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How the Cookie Crumbles

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Sarah Deckert, who was named a 4-Star Military Executive Chef in 2013, made history in 2014 when she became the first female Armed Forces Chef of the Year. Deckert follows in the footsteps of other trailblazing women cooks and chefs including Joyce Chen and Julia Child, who are featured on...

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The Way the Ball Bounces

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 7:05 PM

Another first for women recently occurred in sports. Becky Hammon became an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. This is the first time that a woman has been named a coach in the National Basketball Association. This column addresses some significant women's accomplishments in sports that involve a ball:...

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Breathrough Entertainers

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:35 PM

As I reflect on the life and career of Joan Rivers, I think about the women in the entertainment business who were the firsts and broke new ground. We'll learn about just a few of these pioneering women in this column. Match the following women with their accomplishments (answers at...

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New York's Finger Lakes Region: Hotbed of Activism in the 1800s

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:55 PM

When I go to Seneca Falls, New York (the birthplace of women's rights), I marvel that so much activism took place during the 1800s in what we now call upstate New York, particularly in the Finger Lakes Region. Activists in the area were advocating for abolition, women's rights and temperance....

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Much More Than Cheeseheads -- Amazing Wisconsin Women

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:21 PM

My trip to Milwaukee got me thinking about women associated with Wisconsin and their contributions to advancing the culture and economy of the U.S. As you might guess, these contributions are significant and quite varied. See if you can match the woman to her accomplishment (answers at the end):

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A League of Her Own

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Thirteen-year old Mo'ne Davis made sports history by pitching the first shutout in Little League World Series history by a female pitcher. One of two female players in the 2014 Little League World Series, Davis threw 70 mile-per-hour pitches and impressed everyone with her confidence and calmness. Davis...

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Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:38 PM

The computer compiler. Kevlar. The first effective childhood leukemia drug. The dishwasher. The bra. The windshield wiper. What do these have in common? They were invented by a woman. Now match each of the following innovations with its developer or promoter:

  1. A 0-10 score named after her that is...
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If at First You Don't Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Thomas Edison successfully invented the light bulb -- after over 1,000 attempts! How many of us would try and try again, one thousand times, until we were successful? Many of the women who changed America, and who have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of...

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Building Tomorrow's Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Question: Which of the following statements are true?

  1. A woman founded the 4-H and a woman founded Girl Scouts of the USA.
  2. Both 4-H and Girl Scouts are leadership development organizations for young people.
  3. 4-H and Girl Scouts were both founded before women had the right to vote....
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