2015 Women in History:

Nancy Melvina Nancy Melvina "Vinnie" Caldwell
(August 4, 1868–February 11, 1956)
Carroll County
Legislator
When elected to the House of Delegates in 1927, Nancy "Vinnie" Caldwell became one of the earliest women to serve in the Virginia General Assembly.

Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni
(b. 1943–)
Blacksburg
Poet
Nikki Giovanni uses her poetry to raise awareness of social issues, particularly those of gender and race.

Ruth Coles HarrisRuth Coles Harris
(b. 1928–)
Richmond
Business Professor
The first African American woman to become a certified public accountant in Virginia, Ruth Coles Harris was also the founding director of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University.

Dorothy Shoemaker McDiarmidDorothy Shoemaker McDiarmid
(October 22, 1906–June 8, 1994)
Fairfax County
Legislator
As a member of the House of Delegates for more than twenty years, Dorothy S. McDiarmid championed the rights of women and children through legislation.

Rebekah Dulaney PeterkinRebekah Dulaney Peterkin
(September 24, 1849–July 26, 1891)
Richmond
Philanthropist
Concerned about the plight of the working poor in Richmond, Rebekah Peterkin organized Sheltering Arms Hospital to provide free medical care.

Vivian W. PinnVivian W. Pinn
(b. 1941–)
Lynchburg
Pathologist and Women's Health Advocate
Vivian W. Pinn works to expand women's health programs and leadership roles for women in the field of medical research.

Elizabeth Bray Allen Smith StithElizabeth Bray Allen Smith Stith
(ca. 1692–February 22, 1774)
Isle of Wight County
Planter and Philanthropist
At a time when married women had few rights, Elizabeth Bray Allen Smith Stith used her own funds to establish a free school for poor children.

Karenne WoodKarenne Wood
(b. 1960–)
Fluvanna County
Virginia Indian Scholar and Advocate
As director of the Virginia Indian Program, Karenne Wood ensures that the history, traditions, and contributions of Virginia's Indians are incorporated into Virginia's historical narrative.