2014 Women in History:
Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford
(December 2, 1802–September 15, 1896)
Appalled by the violence of slavery and its effect on society, Mary Minor Blackford became a vocal antislavery supporter.
Naomi Silverman Cohn
(April 15, 1888–October 20, 1982)
Activist Naomi Silverman Cohn advocated social legislation to improve the lives of women and children.
Elizabeth Ashburn Duke
As a member of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, banker Elizabeth Duke helped implement the Federal Reserve System's response to the financial panic of 2008.
(ca. 1750–after August 17, 1820)
Principal in a Freedom Suit
The granddaughter of an illegally enslaved Indian woman, Rachel Findlay successfully sued for her freedom and ensured the freedom of many of her descendants.
Christine Herter Kendall
(August 25, 1890–June 22, 1981)
Artist and Patron of the Arts
An accomplished artist and musician, Christine Herter Kendall cofounded the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County.
Mildred Delores Jeter Loving
(July 22, 1939–May 2, 2008)
Principal in a 1967 Civil Rights Turning Point
As a plaintiff in the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, Mildred Jeter Loving helped legalize interracial marriage in Virginia and the United States.
Deborah A. "Debbie" Ryan
Basketball Coach and Cancer Treatment Advocate
Debbie Ryan turned the University of Virginia women's basketball team into a national power and currently campaigns for research into pancreatic cancer.
Artistic Director and Choreographer
As artistic director and choreographer, Stoner Winslett has built the Richmond Ballet into a nationally recognized professional dance company.