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Virginia Women in History 2018

Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley

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A prosperous woman during the earliest years of the Virginia colony, Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley took steps to maintain control of her financial…

Mary Aydelotte Rice Marshall

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Mary A. Marshall advocated public education and equal rights as a member of the General Assembly for more than twenty years.

Barbara Kingsolver

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Acclaimed novelist and writer Barbara Kingsolver addresses issues of social justice, the environment, and human rights through her fiction and…

Kay Coles James

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Throughout her career in public service, Kay Coles James has been an advocate for families, faith, and communities while working in local, state, and…

Marii Kyogoku Hasegawa

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As a result of her experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, Marii Kyogoku Hasegawa devoted her life to promoting human rights,…

Isabella Gibbons

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Isabella Gibbons learned to read while enslaved and later educated hundreds of African Americans as a teacher in the freedmen's schools and public…

Rita Dove

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A former poet laureate of the United States and of Virginia, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Rita Dove cultivates public awareness of American poetry…

Gaye Todd Adegbalola

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Award-winning educator and blues musician Gaye Adegbalola celebrates diversity and strives to empower others through her music.