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Virginia Women in History 2004

Grace Arents

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Philanthropist Grace Arents supported a variety of educational and public health programs and bequeathed her estate to become a botanic garden.

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

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Martha Washington was her husband's confidant and established the public role of First Lady after his election as president.

Mary Draper Ingles

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

Ann Makemie Holden

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At a time when women had few rights, Ann Makemie Holden managed her large plantation on the Eastern Shore and strove to uphold the ideals of theā€¦


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Pamunkey chief Cockacoeske signed the 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation with the English and reunited several tribes under her authority.

Elizabeth "Annie" Snyder

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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.

Katie Couric

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Award-winning television journalist Katie Couric was the first woman to anchor an evening newscast for a major network in the United States.

Sarah Garland Boyd Jones

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Sarah Garland Boyd Jones was the first African American woman to pass the Virginia Medical Examining Board's examination.