Virginia Changemakers
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  • Collection: Revolution and the New Nation

Judge, Ona_Penn Gaz_05-24-1796.jpg
Determined that her freedom was worth any hardship, Ona Judge escaped slavery and defied George Washington's attempts to retrieve her.
Fairfax County

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Mary Willing Byrd preserved her children's property during the American Revolution and eloquently defended herself against charges of loyalism.
Charles City County

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Clementina Rind was the first female printer in colonial Virginia.

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Martha Washington was her husband's confidant and established the public role of First Lady after his election as president.
Fairfax County

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Jean Miller Skipwith, Lady Skipwith, assembled one of the largest libraries owned by a Virginia woman early in the nineteenth century.
Mecklenburg County

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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.

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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.
Accomack County

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At the time of the American Revolution, Hannah Lee Corbin believed that female property owners were unfairly taxed because they could not vote.
Westmoreland County

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.

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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.
Southampton County
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