2018 Women in History:

Gaye Todd AdegbalolaGaye Todd Adegbalola
(1944–)
Fredericksburg
Musician and Civil Rights Activist
Award-winning educator and blues musician Gaye Adegbalola celebrates diversity and strives to empower others through her music.

Rita DoveRita Dove
(1952–)
Charlottesville
Poet
A former poet laureate of the United States and of Virginia, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Rita Dove cultivates public awareness of American poetry and its increasing diversity.

Isabella GibbonsIsabella Gibbons
(d. 1890)
Charlottesville
Educator
Isabella Gibbons learned to read while enslaved and later educated hundreds of African Americans as a teacher in the freedmen's schools and public schools of Charlottesville.

Marii Kyogoku HasegawaMarii Kyogoku Hasegawa
(September 17, 1918–July 1, 2012)
Richmond
Peace Advocate
As a result of her experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, Marii Kyogoku Hasegawa devoted her life to promoting human rights, disarmament, and world peace.

Kay Coles JamesKay Coles James
(1949–)
Richmond
Government Official
Throughout her career in public service, Kay Coles James has been an advocate for families, faith, and communities while working in local, state, and federal government.

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
(1955–)
Washington County
Writer
Acclaimed novelist and writer Barbara Kingsolver addresses issues of social justice, the environment, and human rights through her fiction and nonfiction.

Mary Aydelotte Rice MarshallMary Aydelotte Rice Marshall
(June 14, 1921–October 15, 1992)
Arlington
Legislator
Mary A. Marshall advocated public education and equal rights as a member of the General Assembly for more than twenty years.

Temperance Flowerdew  YeardleyTemperance Flowerdew Yeardley
(d. 1628)
Jamestown
Colonist
A prosperous woman during the earliest years of the Virginia colony, Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley took steps to maintain control of her financial affairs after her husband's death.