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Virginia Women in History 2014

Christine Herter Kendall


An accomplished artist and musician, Christine Herter Kendall cofounded the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County.

Mary Berkley Minor Blackford

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Appalled by the violence of slavery and its effect on society, Mary Minor Blackford became a vocal anti-slavery supporter.

Rachel Findlay

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The granddaughter of an illegally enslaved Indian woman, Rachel Findlay successfully sued for her freedom and ensured the freedom of many of her…

Stoner Winslett

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As artistic director and choreographer, Stoner Winslett has built the Richmond Ballet into a nationally recognized professional dance company.

Deborah A. "Debbie" Ryan

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Debbie Ryan turned the University of Virginia women's basketball team into a national power and currently campaigns for research into pancreatic…

Elizabeth Ashburn Duke


As a member of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, banker Elizabeth Duke helped implement the Federal Reserve System's response to the financial…

Mildred Delores Jeter Loving

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As a plaintiff in the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, Mildred Jeter Loving helped legalize interracial marriage in Virginia and the United…

Naomi Silverman Cohn

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Activist Naomi Silverman Cohn advocated social legislation to improve the lives of women and children.