Virginia Changemakers
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Appointed a captain in the Confederate army, Sally Tompkins managed a hospital in Richmond during the Civil War.

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

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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.

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Captured by Shawnee Indians in 1755, Mary Draper Ingles escaped and made her way hundreds of miles to return home.
New River Valley


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Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Clara Adams-Ender was the first African American woman to command a major army base.
Prince William County


Nicknamed "Grandma COBOL," Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a pioneer in computer science and the first woman to achieve the rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy.
Arlington County

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Christopher Bernard Howard sets an example for Hampden-Sydney students and for everyone through his impressive sum of service to the country and youth-enrichment efforts in Africa and the United States.

Florence Saunders Farley has fought against racism and bias to open doors in science and politics for African American women in Virginia.
Roanoke and Petersburg

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.
Prince William County


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Brigadier General Gwen Bingham was the first woman to serve as quartermaster general of the United States Army.
Prince George County


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