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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


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


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


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

Virginia Estelle Randolph


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.