Virginia Women in History

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Virginia Women in History is an annual program sponsored by the Library of Virginia that honors eight Virginia women, living and dead, for their contributions to their community, region, state, and nation. The program began in 2000 under the aegis of the Virginia Foundation for Women and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International but since 2006 has been administered by the Library of Virginia.

2007 Honorees[edit]

  • Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver (1868–1940), Smyth County, founder of Rosemont Industries and Lutheran lay leader
  • Mary Jeffery Galt (1844–1922), Norfolk, preservationist

2008 Honorees[edit]

  • Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley (baptized 27 May 1634–ca. 1695), James City County, leader of the Green Spring faction
  • Lucy Goode Brooks (1818–1900), Richmond, founder of the Friends' Asylum for Colored Orphans
  • Providencia Velazquez Gonzalez (1917– ), Dale City, community activist
  • Isabel Wood Rogers (1824–2007), Richmond, moderator, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Edith Turner (Wané Roonseraw) (b. ca. 1754–1838), Southampton County, chief of the Nottoway (Cheroenhaka)

2009 Honorees[edit]

  • Pauline Adams (1874–1957), Norfolk, suffragist
  • Joann Hess Grayson (1948– ), Harrisonburg, educator and advocate for abused children

2010 Honorees[edit]

  • Mollie Holmes Adams (1881–1973), King William County, Upper Mattaponi leader
  • Ethel Bailey Furman (1893–1976), Richmond, architect
  • Edythe C. Harrison (1934– ), Norfolk, civic leader
  • Jean Miller Skipwith (1748–1826), Mecklenburg County, book collector
  • Marian A. Van Landingham (1937– ), Alexandria, civic leader

2011 Honorees[edit]

  • Pearl Fu (1941– ), Roanoke, civic leader

2012 Honorees[edit]

  • Monica Beltran (1985– ), Prince William County, Bronze Star Medal recipient

2013 Honorees[edit]

  • Inez Pruitt (1962– ), Tangier Island, physician assistant
  • Eva Fleming Scott (1926– ), Amelia County, legislator, recipient of the VABPW Foundation Business Leadership Award

2014 Honorees[edit]

  • Rachel Findlay (ca. 1750–d. after August 17, 1820), Wythe County, principal in a freedom suit
  • Mary Berkeley Minor Blackford (1802–1896), Fredericksburg, antislavery activist
  • Naomi Silverman Cohn (1888–1982), Richmond, civic activist
  • Christine Herter Kendall (1890–1981), Bath County, artist and patron of the arts
  • Mildred Delores Jeter Loving (1939–2008), Caroline County, principal in a 1967 civil rights turning point
  • Elizabeth Ashburn Duke (1952– ), Virginia Beach, banker, recipient of the VABPW Foundation Business Leadership Award
  • Deborah A. "Debbie" Ryan (1952– ), Albemarle County, basketball coach and cancer treatment advocate
  • Stoner Winslett (1958– ), Richmond, artistic director and choreographer


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