Throughout Virginia’s history, women have played important, but often overlooked, roles as educators, entrepreneurs, nurses, lay leaders, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, laborers, and community builders.
The Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates women’s accomplishments in all walks of life with the annual Virginia Women in History program, which honors eight women, past and present, who developed new approaches to old problems, strove for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes in their communities, state, and nation that continue to effect our lives today.
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. Virginia Women in History is supported by the Virginia Business and Professional Women’s Fund.
Resource materials for Virginia Women in History are available online to Virginia-area schools through the Library of Virginia. Teachers may also request a set of materials to be mailed to them through our contact us page.
Download the 2016 poster (PDF)
The Library of Virginia’s latest publication, Changing History: Virginia Women through Four Centuries, tells the important and inspiring stories of women—both famous and lesser-known—who have influenced the course of history in the Old Dominion. From 17th century Indian chiefs to the 21st century chief justice of the state supreme court, Virginia’s women have created an evocative legacy. Changing History tells their stories.
“Beautifully told and riveting…”
—Adriana Trigiani, best-selling Virginia author of Big Stone Gap and other novels
“Lavishly illustrated, and brimming with unforgettable stories…”
—Elizabeth R. Varon, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History,
University of Virginia