Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions have often been overlooked in the history books. Through the annual Virginia Women in History program, the Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates eight women—past and present—for their accomplishments in all walks of life.

The Virginia Foundation for Women started the popular Virginia Women in History educational program in 2000 and in 2006 transferred it to the Library of Virginia, which now sponsors statewide activities that include educational resources and activities tied to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) as well as a traveling exhibition. Every March, which Congress has designated as National Women’s History Month, the honorees are recognized during an evening program at the Library of Virginia. Dominion is the signature sponsor for this event and the Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor.

Virginia Women in History is supported by the Virginia Business and Professional Women's Fund.

Use the map below to find Virginia Women in History. You can also browse all honorees alphabetically or listed by year.



Education Leadership Medicine Politics The Arts
Colonial Era (1600-1776)
Revolution and New Nation (1754-1820s)
Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Post War United States (1945-early 1970s)
Contemoprary United States (1968-present)

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