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Virginia Women in History 2009

Caroline Bradby Cook

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A Unionist during the Civil War, Caroline Bradby Cook protected, preserved, and passed on the Pamunkey heritage.

Mary Randolph

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As author of The Virginia House-Wife (1824), the first American regional cookbook, Mary Randolph transformed cooking and household management in ways…

Mary Sue Terry

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In 1985 Mary Sue Terry became the first woman elected to statewide office in Virginia.

Joann Hess Grayson

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A clinical psychologist and professor at James Madison University, Joann Hess Grayson is an advocate for abused and neglected children.

Drew Gilpin Faust

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An influential historian of the American South and the Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust is the first woman to serve as president of Harvard University.

Claudia Emerson

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Claudia Emerson received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and is Virginia's poet laureate.

Virginia Estelle Randolph

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Virginia Estelle Randolph's innovative teaching techniques became the model for African American education throughout the South early in the twentieth…

Pauline Adams

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Taking a militant approach to the campaign for woman suffrage, Pauline Adams chose to go to prison for her political beliefs.