A prominent Catholic in the Maryland colony, Margaret Brent later settled in Virginia where she and her siblings acquired extensive property and…
Born enslaved, Jennie Dean founded a school for African Americans in Manassas.
For thirty-four years Mary Julia Baldwin was principal of the seminary that later became Mary Baldwin University.
Clementina Rind was the first female printer in colonial Virginia.
The daughter of the powerful paramount Indian chief, Pocahontas has become enshrined in American history as a savior of the Virginia colony.
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…
Businesswoman and community activist Maggie Walker was the first African American woman to charter and serve as president of a bank.
Social reformer Lila Meade Valentine was a founder and president of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia.
A best-selling novelist, Ellen Glasgow challenged southern social and cultural conventions through her writing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in…
Sarah Lee Fain was one of the first two women elected to Virginia's General Assembly.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Willa Cather was acclaimed for her novels portraying the settlers and frontier life of the American Plains.
Ella Agnew was a pioneer in home demonstration work in rural Virginia early in the twentieth century.