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Businesswoman and community activist Maggie Walker was the first African American woman to charter and serve as president of a bank.
Richmond

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Clementina Rind was the first female printer in colonial Virginia.
Williamsburg

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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.
Stafford County

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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.
Fredericksburg

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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

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From her cattle farm in Prince William County, Annie Snyder fought successfully to preserve the land around the Civil War battlefield at Manassas.
Manassas

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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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A track star and Olympic champion, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley serves as president and CEO of Women in Cable and Telecommunications and works to expand opportunities for young women in sports.
Haymarket

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John-Geline MacDonald Bowman helped establish business and professional organizations for Virginia women and served as president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
Richmond

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As founder of Rosemont Industries and as a Lutheran lay leader, Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver advocated strategies for improving educational and economic opportunities in southwestern Virginia.
Smyth County
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