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Virginia Women in History 2019

Sharifa Alkhateeb


As an activist, leader, scholar, writer, and educator, Sharifa Alkhateeb worked tirelessly to strengthen communities and bridge Islamic and American…


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As chief of the Pamunkey Indians, Ann fought to preserve the rights of her people when they were threatened by English colonists.

Claudia L. Dodson

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As a programs supervisor for the Virginia High School League, Claudia L. Dodson was dedicated to developing opportunities for girls' athletics across…

India Hamilton

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As a teacher, India Hamilton continuously pushed for the expansion, implementation, and improvement of educational opportunities for African American…

Georgeanna Seegar Jones


A pioneer in the field of reproductive endocrinology, Georgeanna Seegar Jones helped lead pathbreaking research into fertility treatments for women.

Ona Judge

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Determined that her freedom was worth any hardship, Ona Judge escaped slavery and defied George Washington's attempts to retrieve her.

Lucy Randolph Mason


Throughout her career, Lucy Randolph Mason championed social reforms and legislation to help Southern workers.

Kate Peters Sturgill

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Ballad singer and songwriter Kate Peters Sturgill preserved the music of her Appalachian region through her recordings and collection of folk songs.