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Virginia Women's Legacies, Pamphlet, 2001


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The National League of Women Voters was established in 1920, the year that the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified. The League's purpose was "to unite all existing organizations of women who believe in its principles. It is not to lure women from partisanship but to combine them in an effort for legislation which will protect coming movements, which we cannot even foretell, from suffering the untoward conditions which have hindered for so long the coming of equal suffrage." In Virginia, women created the Virginia League of Women Voters in November 1920 as part of the national organization. Members worked to register new voters, educate women and men about issues, and provided forums with candidateas for political office.

The League of Women Voters in Virginia is still an active, non-partisan organization that promotes participation in government, educating the public on policy issues, and advocating for voter empowerment. In 2001, the League of Women Voters of Virginia celebrated National Women's History Month by producing this leaflet entitled "Virginia Women's Legacies." The pamphlet described thirty Virginia women of historical significance, including Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, Nobel laureate in literature Pearl S. Buck, and legislator Yvonne Bond Miller, the first Black woman elected to Virginia's General Assembly.

Citation: Bernice Colvard, Virginia Women's Legacies: National Women's History Month, Richmond, Va.: League of Women Voters of Virginia, [2001], HQ1438.V8 C65 2001, Library of Virginia.

Learn more about some of the notable women listed in the pamphlet in Virginia Changemakers:
Ella Graham Agnew
Patsy Cline
JoAnn Falletta
Yvonne Bond Miller
Anne B. Spencer


Social Studies: VS.I, VS.9, USII.1, USII.8, USII.9, VUS.1, VUS.13
Art: 4.1, 5.1

Suggested Questions

Preview Activity

Scan It: Scan the article. What words or phrases stand out to you? Why do you think the designer of the pamphlet chose to use this layout and organization?

Post Activities

Art Exploration: Design a poster to accompany this pamphlet which would appeal to modern audience. Include concepts or information from the pamphlet as part of your design.

Social Media Spin: Create a social media post or tweet that could have been sent out to describe the importance of the Virginia women highlighted in the pamphlet.

Be the Journalist: Using the pamphlet, write a short article about four of the women included in the pamphlet. In your article, explain why you chose the four women and how they contributed to the history of women in Virginia