1. Nebraska author Mari Sandoz wrote and published 22 novels from her first, "Old Jules," the biography of her father, to "Foal of Heaven," which was published posthumously. Which of her novels was the basis for a Hollywood movie?
2. Leta Stetter Hollingworth graduated at 16 from Valentine (Neb.) High School and went to the University of Nebraska. She did pioneering work in women's psychology, which overlapped with the field of study she's most noted for. What did she pioneer?
3. Louise Pound was one of the most influential women in America during her time. Scholars recognize her record-setting achievements in women's sports and her lasting impact on American culture and language. She taught English for 50 years at the University of Nebraska, her alma mater. She was the first woman inducted into the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame. At what sports did she excel? There are four correct answers.
4. Iowa native Mabel Lee was a pioneer in physical education for women. She graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she first worked. Lee was physical education director for women for 28 years at the University of Nebraska. She was the first female president of both the American Academy of Physical Education and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She also wrote pioneering books for teaching physical education to all students, not just athletes. Which state, Iowa or Nebraska, inducted her into its Hall of Fame?
5. Ola Babcock Miller was Iowa's first female secretary of state. She was 65 when she died in 1937 while serving her third term. What was her lasting contribution to the state?
6. Carrie Chapman Catt, who grew up near Charles City, Iowa, succeeded Susan B. Anthony as president of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1900. In 1919, Catt helped found another organization still in operation. What is that group?
7. Iowan Jessie Field Shambaugh taught country school. She created practical farm and home courses and had competitions in these areas for her rural students. Why does 4-H honor her?
8. Arabella Mansfield passed the bar examination in 1869 in Henry County, Iowa, making her the first female U.S. lawyer. Where did she earn her law degree, and where did she practice law?
9. Amelia Jenks Bloomer did not invent bloomers, the short dress and trousers outfit of women's rights advocates of the mid-1880s. She did popularize them, though, through her Seneca Falls, N.Y., newspaper, The Lily. She moved to Council Bluffs in 1855, where she continued her suffrage advocacy. Is Bloomer Elementary School in Council Bluffs named for her?
10. Nebraskan Bess Streeter Aldrich's writing career lasted more than 40 years. She published more than 160 short stories and articles, nine novels, one novella and two books of short stories. One of her books was made into a movie and one of her short stories became a television show. What are the titles of that book and short story?
11. Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz and Bess Streeter Aldrich are widely considered Nebraska's most noted women authors. Of the three, only Cather won a Pulitzer Prize. Which of her works did she win for?
12. Charlotte Buettenback Johnson may not be a household name, but a product the Omaha native worked on certainly is. She was the director of wardrobe for Mattel's Barbie doll from 1957-1980. She developed the original image of Barbie with Ruth Handler, Barbie's creator. Barbie's facial contour was patterned after Johnson's face. Johnson died in 1997 in a California hospital. Via her directions, Johnson's cremains were interred in which Omaha cemetery?
13. Native Nebraskans Ardis Butler James and husband Robert G. James co-founded what?
14. Evelyn Brodstone Vestey was manager of the American branch of Union Cold Storage Co., a meat and refrigeration firm in Great Britain. She became a traveling auditor and troubleshooter for the firm. In the 1920s, she was the highest salaried female executive in the world. She married Lord William Vestey of Kingswood, London, founder of Union Cold Storage. With what Nebraska town is she associated?
15. Omaha-born Mary K. Wells was an actress and writer. She appeared on film, radio, television and stage. What did she write?
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1. Mari Sandoz's “Cheyenne Autumn” was the basis for a movie of the same name.
2. Leta Stetter Hollingworth started the academic field of gifted education. She taught the first academic course in the subject in 1919, formally beginning the field. She also pioneered the setting of professional standards for clinical psychologists.
3. Eighteen-year-old Louise Pound was tennis champion of Lincoln in 1892. Pound won the Western Women's Championship in Chicago in 1897, and the next year won the University of Chicago's mixed doubles championships. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, she coached, played with and managed NU's women's winning basketball teams. After she took up bicycling, she earned a Rambler Gold Medal in 1896 for riding 5,000 miles in one year. She won both the City of Lincoln and the state of Nebraska golf championships in 1916.
4. The Iowa Women's Hall of Fame inducted Mabel Lee in 1979.
5. Ola Babcock Miller started the Iowa State Patrol in 1935.
6. Carrie Chapman Catt helped found the National League of Women Voters.
7. Jessie Field Shambaugh developed the clover pin with an H on each leaf in 1910, and by 1912 the groups were called 4-H clubs. The H's come from the 4-H pledge: I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service and my HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.
8. Arabella Mansfield never earned a law degree. She studied two years in her brother's law office in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, before passing the bar exam. She also never practiced law. She spent her career in education, first as an English professor at Iowa Wesleyan College and later as the dean of the school of art and music at DePauw University in Indiana.
9. No. Bloomer Elementary is named for her husband, attorney Dexter C. Bloomer. He was elected the first president of the Council Bluffs school board in 1859 when the school district was organized.
10. Bess Streeter Aldrich's book “Miss Bishop” was made into the movie “Cheers for Miss Bishop.” Aldrich's short story “The Silent Stars Go By” became the television show “The Gift of Love” starring Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury. Aldrich also was a writer and consultant for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
11. Willa Cather received the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 1923 for “One of Ours,” which tells of the making of an American soldier.
12. The cremated remains of Charlotte Buettenback Johnson are in Omaha's Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
13. Ardis and Robert James started the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997, with a donation of almost 1,000 quilts and $1 million.
14. Evelyn Brodstone Vestey lived in Superior, which still celebrates her heritage every year. The 21st annual Victorian Festival, will be May 25-27. Vestey graduated from high school in Superior when she was 14. Her ashes are interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Superior.
15. Mary K. Wells was a member of the writing team for ABC's “All My Children” from 1974-92. That team earned Emmy Awards in 1984 and 1987 for outstanding writing for a daytime drama series. The writing for the show was nominated 11 times.
Sources: Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, Willa Cather Foundation, Mari Sandoz Heritage Society, “900 Famous Nebraskans” by E.A. Kral, quiltstudy.org,