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Virginia Women in History 2006

John-Geline MacDonald Bowman

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John-Geline MacDonald Bowman helped establish business and professional organizations for Virginia women and served as president of the National…

Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune

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For seventy-five years Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune's pen name, Marion Harland, was nationally known to readers of her novels, short stories, and…

Katherine Harwood Waller Barrett

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Katherine Harwood Waller Barrett devoted her life to providing needed medical care, shelter, education, and training to unmarried mothers and their…

Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan


Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan worked to improve the life of Richmond residents and to preserve Virginia's history.

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper


Nicknamed "Grandma COBOL," Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a pioneer in computer science and the first woman to achieve the rank of rear admiral in…

Sister Marie Majella Berg


Sister Marie Majella Berg transformed Marymount University from a junior college for women to a coeducational university during thirty years as its…

G. Anne Nelson Richardson

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G. Anne Nelson Richardson, chief of the Rappahannock since 1998, works to revitalize her community and win federal recognition for Virginia's Indians.

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley


A track star and Olympic champion, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley serves as president and CEO of Women in Cable and Telecommunications and works to expand…