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Kansas She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy in the classic 1939 movie Gone with the Wind.

Show-Me State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My recent trip to Missouri made me curious about women who changed America with ties to Missouri, so I went looking. Their contributions are varied and fascinating.

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

Maryland Ordinary Women Leading Extraordinary Lives

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.23.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

During my recent trip to Annapolis, Maryland, I was inspired by the six ordinary Maryland women who led extraordinary lives and who were inducted into...

Showcasing Great Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Martha Graham's impact on the art of dance has been compared to the impacts of Stravinsky, Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright to the fields of music, painting, and architecture, respectively.

Women on the Money

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The following women are among the 15 candidates that you can vote on to be the face on the $20 bill. All 15 have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame

5 Female Fashion Pioneers You've Probably Never Heard of

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.04.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As I read Diane von Furstenberg's biography, The Woman I Wanted to Be, I was reminded of the significant role of women in the world of fashion. Match the following women with her accomplishment.

Great African-Americans in Wax

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland honors African-American heroes and heroines. Match the following heroines with her accomplishment.

She-roes From A to Z

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As February is Black History Month, I am highlighting African-American women who have made significant contributions to the economy and culture of the United States.

Learning Our ABCs

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Simmons made history in 1995 when she became the first African-American woman to lead a top university and again in 2001, when she became the first African-American president of an Ivy League University.

Finger Lakes Women Activists

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.28.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

With words that at the time were probably regarded as heresy "that all men and women are created equal," the document also listed 18 grievances, including the lack of the right to vote. The battle -- which would take 72 years -- had begun.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Artistic Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.02.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Cassatt focused on the private and social lives of women and children, often painting mothers and their children together.

Fearless Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When K.V. Switzer filled out her application to run the Boston Marathon, she wasn't being secretive; that was how Kathrine Switzer signed her name. The first woman to run the Marathon, she had help in fending off the race official who tried to remove her.

Some Leaders Are Born Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

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 Make All the Difference

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Early women settlers did much more than farm, sew and cook. Although many Americans believe that religious freedom has existed in this country since its early roots, that is not the case. And, we all know that not everyone had rights when they landed on America's shores.

Oh, Baby!

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

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.

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

Women's Firsts in the Big Apple

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When Joan Ganz Cooney decided to start the Children's Television Workshop, she was told that she could be the deputy, but that a man should be in charge. Her response was that if a man were in charge, she would not be involved

Keystone State She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

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

Women Who Run

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

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.

Sunshine State Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about women who have been inducted into both the Florida Women's Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame -- whose accomplishments have benefited women and life in the Sunshine State.

National Medalists

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Yvonne C. Brill received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in October 2011 "for innovation in rocket propulsion systems for geosynchronous." Other women have received these medals, also for groundbreaking accomplishments.

He For She Throughout History

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Many historical women whose accomplishments we are aware of today had to battle society's perceptions of women's proper place. Some women were fortunate enough to have the support of a man in their endeavors -- the "He for She" paradigm Emma Watson recently spoke of at the U.N.