PDD Quiz: Notable Duluth Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s PDD quiz tests your knowledge of Duluth’s women of note.

The next PDD quiz will look back at the headlines and happenings of March 2022; it will be published on March 27. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by March 23.

#1 In what year was Emily Larson inaugurated as Duluth’s first female mayor?

Larson was re-elected in 2019. Read more about the mayor here.

#2 Beatrice Ojakangas is credited as inventing which frozen snack?

MinnPost has more on the creation of the pizza roll here.

#3 Born in Buffalo, Minn. and raised in Duluth, this prolific author wrote 39 books and more than 400 essays and short stories.

Learn more about Margaret Culkin Banning’s life and works on Zenith City website.

#4 Born in Duluth in 1899, this woman became the first Black stenographer in the Minnesota Legislature in 1923 and the first Black policewoman in the Minneapolis Police Department in 1928.

Read more about Ethel Ray Nance’s life on the Zenith City website.

#5 This woman was born in Duluth in 1917 and later became a film actress; she married Joe DiMaggio in 1939.

The Zenith City website has more on Dorothy Arnold’s life here.

#6 This woman became the first full-time female reporter for the Duluth News Tribune in 1903 and served on the board of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association.

Read a brief biography of McFadden on the Zenith City website.

#7 Barbara Rotvig, born in Duluth in 1928, played for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. What was her nickname?

Read more about Rotvig’s life on the AAGPBL website.

#8 This actress and stand-up comedian was raised in Duluth and won the Best Club Comic award from the American Comedy Club in 2014.

Check out Bamford’s upcoming tour dates on her website.

#9 Sarah Burger Stearns co-founded the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association and was the first woman to serve in this capacity.

MNopedia has a biography of Sarah Burger Stearns here.

#10 This Duluth-born actress was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Read more about Knudsen’s life and career on the Zenith City website.


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