Nebraska Pathbreakers


Nebraska Pathbreakers profiles Nebraska women who are moving the needle on change.

In 1975, Alice Dittman stepped into a man’s world when she became president of Cornhusker Bank in Lincoln, the first woman to do so in either Lincoln or Omaha. Three months after her husband’s death from cancer, Dittman assumed the helm of Cornhusker Bank when her father retired from running the family business. As bank president Dittman led the path in adopting new electronic banking technology, instituted a job sharing program to help working mothers and expanded bank assets from $8 to $235 million – all while raising three children as a single parent.

In "Why We March" Sarah Thomas and Lisa Maupin, of Lincoln, travel with a group of Nebraskan women to Washington, D.C. to attend the Women’s March.  The women share their perspectives on why they march for women's rights.

Omahan Linda Garcia-Perez celebrates her Chicana heritage through her art and teaching. A second generation American, Garcia-Perez was born in Omaha and raised in a family of 10 children. Her mother worked, so she spent most of her time with her immigrant grandparents. Spanish was spoken at home, so when she began school she struggled with English, but, in that struggle Garcia-Perez found her unique voice in the world.

Outtakes

Though more women than men attend college, female workers earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes - especially in careers that have traditionally been held by women.
Artist Linda Garcia-Perez shares a memory about her desire to go to college.
Alice shares a memory about her first day as president of Cornhusker Bank.
Alice shares a memory about fixing her tire when she was a young woman.
Artist Linda Garcia-Perez shares her thoughts on the freedom she feels when creating art.
Title 9 gave girls opportunity in school to participate in extra-curricular activities, but Sarah believes women still need to actively work toward equality in the United States.
Since the day in March 1776 when Abigail Adams penned a letter to her husband reminding him to "remember the ladies," American women have been advocating for equal rights. We asked women attending the recent Washington Women's... more››
Lisa Maupin believes that even though people may differ in their politics they can find common ground.

Individual Stories

In 1975, Alice Dittman stepped into a man’s world when she became president of Cornhusker Bank in Lincoln, the first woman to do... more››
Sarah Thomas and Lisa Maupin, of Lincoln, traveled with a group of Nebraskan women to Washington, D.C. to attend the Women’s... more››
Omahan Linda Garcia-Perez celebrates her Chicana heritage through her art and teaching. A second generation American, Garcia-... more››