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Virginia Women in History 2005

Bessie Blount Griffin

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Physical therapist Bessie Blount Griffin invented devices to help wounded soldiers and was a pioneer in the field of forensic science.

Mary Belvin Wade

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After learning about her Monacan heritage, Mary Belvin Wade became an outspoken advocate for Virginia's Indian tribes.

Caitlyn Day

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As a teenager, Caitlyn Day initiated a successful community effort to establish the Craig County Public Library.

Lee Marshall Smith

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A gifted storyteller, Lee Smith highlights the stories and voices of the Appalachian community where she was raised.

Barbara Johns

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As a high school student in Farmville, Barbara Johns challenged school segregation.

Clara Leach Adams-Ender

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Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Clara Adams-Ender was the first African American woman to command a major army base.

Mary Johnston

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Best-selling author Mary Johnston was a leader in the fight for woman suffrage in Virginia.