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Virginia Women in History 2001

Elizabeth Van Lew

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

Sally Louisa Tompkins

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

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly

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Seamstress Elizabeth Keckly bought her freedom and later served as dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln at the White House.

Rosa Dixon Bowser

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Social reformer Rosa Dixon Bowser was an advocate for civil rights and educational opportunities for African Americans.

Theresa Pollak

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A nationally known painter, Theresa Pollak was the founding faculty member of the School of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell

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Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell's belief in the value of education and the power of public broadcasting led her to help create the successful public…

Thomasina Jordan

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Thomasina E. Jordan, also known as "Red Hawk Woman," was a passionate advocate for American Indians throughout her life.

Edith Bolling Galt Wilson

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