Virginia Women in History

The Library of Virginia is working to add biographies of those women honored as Virginia Women in History between 2000 and 2005, the first years of the program which was managed by the Virginia Foundation for Women.


2018 Home

Gaye 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 Dove (1952–), Charlottesville
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 Gibbons (d. 1890), Charlottesville
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 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 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 Kingsolver (1955–), Washington County
Acclaimed novelist and writer Barbara Kingsolver addresses issues of social justice, the environment, and human rights through her fiction and nonfiction.

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

Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley (d. 1628), Jamestown
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.


Resources: 2017 Home | Poster

Doris Anne Crouse–Mays (1958–), Wythe County
Labor Leader
The first woman to direct the Virginia AFL-CIO, Doris Crouse-Mays is dedicated to improving the lives of workers in the state.

Corazon Sandoval Foley (1950–), Fairfax County
Community Activist
Corazon Sandoval Foley is an advocate and leader for collecting stories of Asian American immigrants through oral history and research projects within her community.

Nora Houston (1883–1942), Richmond
Artist and Social Reformer
Artist Nora Houston was a tireless advocate for woman suffrage and social reform.

Cynthia Eppes Hudson (1959–), Nottoway County
Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia
The first African American woman appointed chief deputy attorney general of Virginia, Cynthia E. Hudson is dedicated to using the law to help all Virginians.

Mary Virginia Jones (1940–), Prince William County
Mechanical Engineer
An expert in solid propellant rocket motor design, Mary Jones serves as a role model for women in the engineering profession.

Louise Harrison McCraw (1893–1975), Buckingham
Author and Executive Secretary of the Braille Circulating Library
Author Louise Harrison McCraw cofounded the Braille Circulating Library to meet the needs of an underserved population.

Undine Anna Smith Moore (1904–1989), Ettrick
Educator and Composer
Undine Smith Moore described herself as "a teacher who composes," while educating her students about music theory as well as the contributions of African Americans to American music and culture.

Martha Dillard Franck Rollins (1943–), Richmond
Community Activist and Philanthropist. Recipient of the VABPW Foundation Business Leadership Award
Community activist Martha Rollins fights racism, recidivism, and prejudice by bringing Richmond communities together across racial, social, and economic barriers.


Resources: 2016 Home | Poster

Flora Lonette Davis Crittenden (b. 1924–), Newport News
Educator and Legislator
As a teacher, school counselor, and member of the House of Delegates, Flora D. Crittenden exemplifies her belief that education is the key to success.

Mary Elizabeth Nottingham Day (November 29, 1907–April 2, 1956), Staunton
A gifted teacher who strove to bring art to all Virginians, Elizabeth Nottingham Day was also an acclaimed artist of the Virginia scene.

Sarah A. Gray (ca. 1847–January 8, 1893), Alexandria
A teacher and principal for more than thirty years, Sarah A. Gray had a profound influence on the education of African Americans in Alexandria.

Edwilda Gustava Allen Isaac (b. 1937–), Farmville
Civil Rights Pioneer
As a teenager, Edwilda Allen Isaac helped lead a walkout of students from R. R. Moton High School that contributed to ending school segregation in the United States.

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (b. 1918–), Hampton
A talented mathematician, Katherine Johnson worked for NASA for more than thirty years and calculated the trajectories for America's earliest manned space flights and the first moon landing.

Ana Ines Barragan King (b. 1957–), Richmond
Founder and Artistic Director of the Latin Ballet of Virginia
As founder and artistic director of the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Ana Ines King shares Latin American dance and culture with students and audiences across Virginia.

Elizabeth Lee "Betty" Masters (October 8, 1929–June 24, 2015), Salem
A trailblazer for women in the field of photojournalism, Betty Masters was the first female photographer hired by the Roanoke Times.

Meyera Fran Ellenson Oberndorf (February 10, 1941–March 13, 2015), Virginia Beach
The longest-serving mayor of Virginia Beach, Meyera E. Oberndorf was a tireless advocate for the city and its residents.


Resources: 2015 Home | Poster

Nancy Melvina "Vinnie" Caldwell (August 4, 1868–February 11, 1956), Carroll County
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 Giovanni (b. 1943–), Blacksburg
Nikki Giovanni uses her poetry to raise awareness of social issues, particularly those of gender and race.

Ruth 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 McDiarmid (October 22, 1906–June 8, 1994), Fairfax County
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 Peterkin (September 24, 1849–July 26, 1891), Richmond
Concerned about the plight of the working poor in Richmond, Rebekah Peterkin organized Sheltering Arms Hospital to provide free medical care.

Vivian 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 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 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.


Resources: 2014 Home | Poster

Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford (December 2, 1802–September 15, 1896), Fredericksburg
Antislavery Activist
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), Richmond
Civic Activist
Activist Naomi Silverman Cohn advocated social legislation to improve the lives of women and children.

Elizabeth Ashburn Duke (b. 1952–), Virginia Beach
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.

Rachel Findlay (ca. 1750–after August 17, 1820), Wythe County
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), Bath County
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), Caroline County
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 (b. 1952–), Albemarle County
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.

Stoner Winslett (b. 1958–), Richmond
Artistic Director and Choreographer
As artistic director and choreographer, Stoner Winslett has built the Richmond Ballet into a nationally recognized professional dance company.


Resources: 2013 Home | Bulletin

Mary C. Alexander (March 2, 1893–April 16, 1955), Lynchburg
One of the first women licensed pilots in Virginia, Mary C. Alexander owned and operated a scheduled air service between Norfolk and Washington, D.C., during the 1930s.

Louise A. Reeves Archer (October 23, 1893–April 1, 1948), Vienna
A highly respected teacher and principal, Louise Reeves Archer inspired her students through her dedication and commitment to their education.

Elizabeth Ambler Brent Carrington (March 11, 1765–February 15, 1842), Richmond
Civic Leader
Concerned about the plight of orphaned girls, Elizabeth Ambler Brent Carrington helped establish the Female Humane Association of the City of Richmond at a time when women rarely played a role in public affairs.

Ann Compton (b. 1947–), Roanoke
News Correspondent
An award-winning journalist, Ann Compton broke new ground as the first woman White House correspondent for a national news organization.

JoAnn Falletta (b. 1954–), Norfolk
A dynamic and compelling conductor, JoAnn Falletta is an advocate for contemporary music.

Cleo Elaine Powell (b. 1957–), Brunswick County
The first Afircan American woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Cleo Elaine Powell encourages young people to create a culture of diversity and respect for the law.

Elizabeth Inez Parks Pruitt (b. 1962–), Tangier Island
Physician Assistant
Elizabeth Inez Pruitt fills a vital need in the isolated community of Tangier by serving as its primary health care provider.

Eva Mae Fleming Scott (b. 1926–), Amelia County
A pharmacist, Eva Fleming Scott was the first woman elected to the Senate of Virginia.


Resources: 2012 Home | Poster | Bulletin

Susie May Ames (1888–1969), Accomack County
Susie M. Ames's writings made major contributions to understanding the social and cultural life of seventeenth-century Virginia.

Monica Beltran, Prince William County
Bronze Star Medal recipient
As a result of her heroic actions while under attack in Iraq, Monica Beltran became the first woman in the Virginia National Guard to receive a Bronze Star Medal for Valor.

Christiana Burdett Campbell (ca. 1723–1792), Williamsburg
Christiana Campbell became one of Williamsburg's most prominent and successful tavern keepers during the Revolutionary era.

Betty Sams Christian (1922–2006), Richmond
Business executive and philanthropist
A president of Central Coca-Cola Bottling Company for more than twenty years, Betty Sams Christian enriched her community through philanthropy.

Elizabeth Peet McIntosh (March 1, 1915–June 8, 2015), Woodbridge
Intelligence agent
As an intelligence agent with the Office of Strategic Services, Elizabeth Peet worked in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.

Orleana Hawks Puckett (d. 1939), Patrick and Carroll Counties
Living in a rural mountain region with few doctors, Orleana Hawks Puckett became a midwife and successfully delivered more than 1,000 babies in her community.

Judith Shatin, Charlottesville
Judith Shatin champions music that blurs the line between acoustic and digital.

Alice Jackson Stuart (1913–2001), Richmond
principal in a 1935 civil rights turning point
By applying to the University of Virginia to pursue graduate studies, Alice Jackson challenged Virginia's laws of segregation.


Resources: 2011 Home | Poster | Bulletin

Lucy Addison (1861–1937), Roanoke
A pioneering educator, Lucy Addison developed the first accredited high school for Roanoke's African American community.

Eleanor Bontecou (1891–1976), Arlington County
Eleanor Bontecou overcame debilitating illness to combat discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II, study the treatment of conscientious objectors, and counsel federal government employees accused of subversive activities.

Emily White Fleming (1855–1941), Fredericksburg
Emily White Fleming preserved numerous Fredericksburg landmarks for future generations.

Pearl Fu, Roanoke
Civic Leader
By directing the annual Local Colors festival, Pearl Fu celebrates the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Roanoke area.

Lillian Lincoln Lambert, Mechanicsville
Entrepreneur and Author
Overcoming racial and gender prejudices, Lillian Lincoln Lambert became the first African American woman to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Bessie Niemeyer Marshall (1884–1960), Petersburg
Botanical Illustrator
Bessie Niemeyer Marshall created detailed watercolors of plants as part of a federally funded project that rescued a Petersburg park.

Felicia Warburg Rogan, Albemarle County
Felicia Warburg Rogan's efforts to promote Virginia's wine industry have earned her the title "the First Lady of Virginia Wine."

Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell (1749–1825), Saltville
Methodist Lay Leader
Setting a charitable example, Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell fostered the fledgling Methodist Church in southwestern Virginia as a devoted adherent and through material and compassionate support of the church.


Resources: 2010 Home | Poster | Bulletin

Mollie Holmes Adams (1881–1973), King William County
Upper Mattaponi Leader
Mollie Holmes Adams helped preserve the Upper Mattaponi heritage by passing on the almost-lost art of feather weaving and recording her herbal remedies.

Ethel Bailey Furman (1893–1976), Richmond
Ethel Bailey Furman was one of the earliest African American women to work as an architect in Virginia.

Edythe C. Harrison (1934–), Norfolk
Civic Leader
Edythe C. Harrison's love of music led her to help found the Virginia Opera Association.

Janis Martin (1940–2007), Danville
Singer and Composer
Known as the "Female Elvis," Janis Martin was a pioneer rockabilly star.

Kate Mason Rowland (1840–1916), Richmond
Kate Mason Rowland is best known for her biography of her great-great-granduncle George Mason.

Jean Miller Skipwith (1748–), Mecklenburg County
Book Collector
Jean Miller Skipwith, Lady Skipwith, assembled one of the largest libraries owned by a Virginia woman early in the nineteenth century.

Queena Stovall (1888–1980), Lynchburg and Amherst County
Taking up painting early in her sixties, Queena Stovall created works that recalled her life in rural Virginia and earned her the title the "Grandma Moses of Virginia."

Marian A. Van Landingham (1937–), Alexandria
Civic Leader
Marian A. Van Landingham founded a one-of-a-kind art center in Alexandria.


2009 Home

Pauline Adams (1874–1957), Norfolk

Caroline Bradby Cook (ca. 1839–), King William County
Pamunkey leader and unionist

Claudia Emerson (1957–December 4, 2014), Fredericksburg

Drew Gilpin Faust (1947–), Clarke County
Historian and President of Harvard University

Joann Hess Grayson (1948–), Harrisonburg
Psychologist and Advocate for Abused Children

Mary Randolph (1762–1828), Chesterfield County and Richmond

Virginia Estelle Randolph (1874–1958), Henrico County

Mary Sue Terry (1947–), Patrick County
Attorney General


2008 Home

Lucy Goode Brooks (1818–1900), Richmond
Civic Leader
Having experienced as a slave the devastation of separated families, Lucy Goode Brooks founded the Friends’ Asylum for Colored Orphans.

Providencia Velazquez Gonzalez (1917–2013), Dale City
Community activist
By striving to improve the lives of those around her, Providencia "Provi" Velazquez Gonzalez serves as an example to her community.

Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy (1945–), Richmond
The first woman to serve on the State Corporation Commission and on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy opened doors for Virginia women in the legal profession.

Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley Ludwell (bap. 1634–ca. 1695), James City County
Political leader
As a leader of the Green Spring faction, Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley Ludwell influenced the politics of seventeenth-century Virginia.

Sharyn McCrumb (1948–), Roanoke County
The award-winning novels of Sharyn Elaine Arwood McCrumb celebrate the richness and variety of Appalachian culture.

Patricia Buckley Moss (1933–), Waynesboro
Artist and philanthropist
Patricia Buckley Moss uses the considerable commercial success she has earned as an artist to aid child-related charities and promote the use of the arts to help children with learning disabilities succeed in school and in life.

Isabel Wood Rogers (1924–2007), Richmond
Presbyterian educator
As an educator and author, Isabel Wood Rogers advocated that Christians take an active and responsible interest in the secular world.

Edith Turner (Wané Roonseraw) (ca. 1754–1838), Southampton County
Nottoway (Cheroenhaka) chief
Edith Turner, chief of the Nottoway, successfully navigated nineteenth-century Nottoway and Anglo-American societies while she strove to keep the tribe’s children on the reservation.


2007 Home

Mary Willing Byrd (1740–1814), Charles City County

Maybelle Addington Carter (1909–1978), Scott County

Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver (1868–1940), Smyth County
Entrepreneur and Lutheran Lay Leader

Mary Alice Franklin Hatwood Futrell (b. 1940–), Lynchburg

Mary Jeffery Galt (1844–1922), Norfolk

Sheila Crump Johnson (1949–), Loudoun County
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Opossunoquonuske (d. 1610), Chesterfield County
Appamattuck Leader

Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919–January 29 2012), Danville


2006 Home

Katherine Harwood Waller Barrett (January 24, 1858–February 23, 1925), Stafford County

Sister Marie Majella Berg (July 7, 1916–April 5, 2004), Arlington County
College President

John-Geline MacDonald Bowman (March 30, 1890–April 14, 1946), Richmond
Business Executive

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906–January 1, 1992), Arlington County
Computer Science pioneer and Rear Admiral

Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan (April 6, 1917–January 16, 2005), Richmond
Civic Leader

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (b. 1961–), Haymarket
Media Executive and Olympic Gold Medalist

G. Anne Nelson Richardson (b. 1956–), King and Queen County
Rappahannock Chief

Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune (December 21, 1830–June 3, 1922), Amelia County


Clara Leach Adams-Ender (b. 1939–), Prince William County
Chief of the United States Army Nurse Corps

Caitlyn Day (b. 1986–)

Bessie Blount Griffin (November 24, 1914–December 30, 2009), Chesapeake
Physical therapist Bessie Blount Griffin invented devices to help wounded soldiers and was a pioneer in the field of forensic science.

Mary Johnston (1870–1936), Bath County
Writer and Suffragist
Best-selling author Mary Johnston was a leader in the fight for woman suffrage in Virginia.

Barbara Johns Powell (March 6, 1935–September 25, 1991), Farmville
Civil Rights Activist

Lee Marshall Smith (b. 1944–), Buchanan County
A gifted storyteller, Lee Smith highlights the stories and voices of the Appalachian community where she was raised.

Mary Belvin Wade (November 29, 1951–April 18, 2003), Richmond
Virginia Indian Advocate
After learning about her Monacan heritage, Mary Belvin Wade became an outspoken advocate for Virginia's Indian tribes.


Grace Arents (1848–June 20, 1926), Richmond

Cockacoeske (fl. 1656–1686), Middle Peninsula
Pamunkey Chief

Katie Couric (b. 1957–)

Anne Makemie Holden (1702–1788), Accomack County
At a time when women had few rights, Ann Makemie Holden managed her large plantation on the Eastern Shore and strove to uphold the ideals of the American Revolution.

Mary Draper Ingles (ca. 1732–1815), New River Valley

Sarah Garland Boyd Jones (February 1866–May 11, 1905), Richmond

Elizabeth “Annie” Snyder (September 26, 1921–July 19, 2002), Prince William County
From her cattle farm in Prince William County, Annie Snyder fought successfully to preserve the land around the Civil War battlefield at Manassas.

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (June 2, 1731–May 22, 1802), Fairfax County
First Lady


Nancy Langhorne Astor (May 19, 1879–May 2, 1964), Albemarle County
Member of Parliament

Pearl Bailey (March 29, 1918–August 17, 1990), Newport News
Singer and Actor
Pearl Bailey was an award winning singer and actor who was also recognized for her humanitarian efforts.

Anna Whitehead Bodeker (ca. July 26, 1826–October 26, 1904), Richmond
Woman Suffrage Advocate
In 1870 Anna Whitehead Bodeker founded the first woman suffrage association in Virginia.

Mary Ann Elliott (b. 1943–)

Annabelle Ravenscroft Gibson Jenkins (July 13, 1827–December 13, 1901), Richmond
Annabella Ravenscroft Gibson Jenkins established a hospital in Richmond that accepted all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Frances Benjamin Johnston (January 15, 1864–May 16, 1952), Fredericksburg
A highly successful photographer, Frances Benjamin Johnston's many accomplishments included documenting historic buildings of Virginia and the southeastern United States.

Anne Dobie Peebles (July 2, 1922–July 12, 2012), Sussex County
Civic Leader
Throughout her life, Anne Dobie Peebles was a relentless advocate for public education and health-care improvements for all Virginians.

Annie Bannister Spencer (February 6, 1882–July 27, 1975), Lynchburg
An advocate for civil rights, Anne Spencer was also a noted poet of the Harlem Renaissance.


Rebecca Adamson (b. 1949–), Fredericksburg
Native American Advocate and Business Developer
As the founder and president of the First Nations Development Institute and First Peoples Worldwide, Rebecca L. Adamson strives to empower Native peoples to achieve economic independence.

Janie Porter Barrett (August 9, 1865–August 27, 1948), Hanover County
Educator and Social Reformer
Janie Porter Barrett devoted her life to improving opportunities for young African American women through education and by establishing a social settlement and a reformatory school.

Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932–March 5, 1963), Winchester

Hannah Lee Corbin (February 6, 1728–by October 7, 1782), Westmoreland County

Christine Mann Darden (b. 1942–), Hampton
As a mathematician and aerospace engineer at NASA for forty years, Christine Mann Darden was a leader in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms.

Lillian Ward McDaniel (February 4, 1902–January 29, 1981), Richmond
Educator and Civic Leader
Throughout her career as a teacher, Lillian Ward McDaniel advocated lifelong education and community service.

Mary-Cooke Branch Munford (September 15, 1865–July 3, 1938), Richmond
Social reformer and activist Mary-Cooke Branch Munford advocated public school reforms, women's rights, and interracial cooperation throughout her life.

Jessie Menifield Rattley (May 4, 1929–March 2, 2001), Newport News
Mayor and Social Activist
A tireless business leader and civic activist, Jessie M. Rattley was the first woman and first African American to serve as mayor of Newport News.


Rosa Dixon Bowser (January 7, 1855–February 7, 1931), Richmond
Educator and Civic Leader

Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (December 2, 1902–January 9, 2004), Arlington
Public Television Pioneer
Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell's belief in the value of education and the power of public broadcasting led her to help create the successful public educational television station, WETA.

Thomasina E. Jordan (1940–May 23, 1999), Alexandria
American Indian Advocate
Thomasina E. Jordan, also known as "Red Hawk Woman," was a passionate advocate for American Indians throughout her life.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly (February 1818–May 26, 1907), Dinwiddie County
Seamstress and Author

Theresa Pollak (August 13, 1899–September 18, 2002), Richmond
Artist and Educator
A nationally known painter, Theresa Pollak was the founding faculty member of the School of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sally Louisa Tompkins (November 9, 1833–July 25, 1916), Richmond
Hospital Administrator

Elizabeth Van Lew (October 15, 1818–September 25, 1900), Richmond
One of the most famous and controversial women in nineteenth-century Richmond, Elizabeth Van Lew oversaw an effective and significant Union spy network during the Civil War.

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (October 15, 1872–December 28, 1961), Wytheville
First Lady


Ella Graham Agnew (March 18, 1871–February 5, 1958), Richmond
Educator and Public Administrator

Mary Julia Baldwin (October 4, 1829–July 1, 1897), Staunton

Margaret Brent (c. 1601–by May 1671), Stafford County
A prominent Catholic in the Maryland colony, Margaret Brent later settled in Virginia where she and her siblings acquired extensive property and provided a refuge for Catholic colonists.

Willa Cather (December 7, 1873–April 24, 1947), Frederick County
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Willa Cather was acclaimed for her novels portraying the settlers and frontier life of the American Plains.

Jennie Serepta Dean (April 15, 1848–May 3, 1913), Manassas

Sarah Lee Odend'hal Fain (November 23, 1888–July 19, 1962), Norfolk

Ellen Glasgow (April 22, 1873–November 21, 1945), Richmond
A best-selling novelist, Ellen Glasgow challenged southern social and cultural conventions through her writing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1942.

Dolley Madison (May 20, 1768–July 12, 1849), Orange County
First Lady
A quintessential hostess, Dolley Madison was at the center of the national political scene for many years and defined the role of First Lady in the 19th century.

Pocahontas (ca. 1596–1617), Jamestown
The daughter of the powerful paramount Indian chief, Pocahontas has become enshrined in American history as a savior of the Virginia colony.

Clementina Rind (died September 25, 1774), Williamsburg

Lila Meade Valentine (February 4, 1865–July 14, 1921), Richmond

Maggie Lena Mitchell Walker (July 15, 1864–December 15, 1934), Richmond
Entrepreneur and Civil Rights Leader

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