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Virginia Women in History 2020

The 2020 Virginia Women in History honorees are featured in the Library of Virginia's 19th Amendment Centennial exhibition, We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia.

Ora Brown Stokes

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Ora Brown Stokes was a lifelong advocate for the rights of African American women.

Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon

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Labor economist Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon began her career as an organizer for woman suffrage.

Josephine Mathews Norcom


Josephine Norcom advocated educational opportunities and equal rights for African American women and men.

Sophie G. Meredith

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Sophie G. Meredith was an advocate for equal suffrage and women's rights.

Elizabeth Dabney Langhorne Lewis

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Elizabeth Lewis founded the Equal Suffrage League of Lynchburg.

Fannie Bayly King

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Civic leader Fannie B. King encouraged educational and public health reforms in addition to advocating woman suffrage.

Maggie Lena Walker

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Businesswoman and community activist Maggie Walker was the first African American woman to charter and serve as president of a bank.

Lila Meade Valentine

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Social reformer Lila Meade Valentine was a founder and president of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia.

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.