Virginia Women in History

Throughout Virginia’s history, women have played important, but often overlooked, roles as educators, entrepreneurs, health care providers, religious leaders, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, laborers, and community builders.

The Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates women’s accomplishments in all walks of life. From 2000 until 2020, the annual Virginia Women in History program honored women who developed new approaches to old problems, strove for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes in their communities, state, and nation that continue to effect our lives today.

With this program is an annual student writing contest with awards to students and their schools. Check for more details.


For information about Women’s History Month programs at the Library of Virginia, please check our calendar of events.


For information on past honorees and to see past posters use the following link:  Virginia Changemakers.

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The Virginia Foundation for Women started the popular Virginia Women in History educational program in 2000 and in 2006 transferred it to the Library of Virginia, which sponsors an essay contest with Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Women in History is supported by the Virginia Business and Professional Women’s Fund.


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