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Virginia Women in History 2002

Christine Mann Darden

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As a mathematician and aerospace engineer at NASA for forty years, Christine Mann Darden was a leader in researching supersonic flight and sonic…

Hannah Lee Corbin

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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.

Lillian Ward McDaniel

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Throughout her career as a teacher, Lillian Ward McDaniel advocated lifelong education and community service.

Rebecca Adamson

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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…

Jessie Manfield Rattley

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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.

Patsy Cline

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American country singer Patsy Cline was a highly successful and influential vocalist.

Mary-Cooke Branch Munford

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Social reformer and activist Mary-Cooke Branch Munford advocated public school reforms, women's rights, and interracial cooperation throughout her…

Janie Porter Barrett

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Janie Porter Barrett devoted her life to improving opportunities for young African American women through education.