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Virginia Women in History 2003

Annabelle Ravenscroft Gibson Jenkins

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Annabella Ravenscroft Gibson Jenkins established a hospital in Richmond that accepted all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Anna Whitehead Bodeker

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In 1870 Anna Whitehead Bodeker founded the first woman suffrage association in Virginia.

Anne Dobie Peebles

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Throughout her life, Anne Dobie Peebles was a relentless advocate for public education and health-care improvements for all Virginians.

Pearl Bailey

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Pearl Bailey was an award winning singer and actor who was also recognized for her humanitarian efforts.

Mary Ann Elliott

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Mary Ann Elliott is a pioneer in wireless and satellite telecommunications technology and a role model for women in her field.

Anne B. Spencer

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An advocate for civil rights, Anne Spencer was also a noted poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

Frances Benjamin Johnston

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A highly successful photographer, Frances Benjamin Johnston's many accomplishments included documenting historic buildings of Virginia and theā€¦

Nancy Langhorne Astor

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