Virginia Changemakers
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Sarah Lee Fain was one of the first two women elected to Virginia's General Assembly.

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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.
Orange County

The daughter of the powerful paramount Indian chief, Pocahontas has become enshrined in American history as a savior of the Virginia colony.

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As First Lady of the United States, Edith Wilson was Woodrow Wilson's trusted confidant.

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Elizabeth Van Lew oversaw an effective and significant Union spy network during the Civil War.

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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.
Newport News

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Nancy Langhorne Astor was the first woman to serve as a member of the British Parliament.
Albemarle County

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Pamunkey chief Cockacoeske signed the 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation with the English and reunited several tribes under her authority.
Middle Peninsula

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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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After learning about her Monacan heritage, Mary Belvin Wade became an outspoken advocate for Virginia's Indian tribes.
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