Virginia Women in History - Richmond City

A driving tour showcasing the Library of Virginia's Virginia Women in History honorees from the city of Richmond.

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Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy
The first woman to serve on the State Corporation Commission and on the Supreme Court of Virginia, located on N. 9th Street, Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy opened doors for Virginia women in the legal profession.
Stoner Winslett
As artistic director and choreographer, Stoner Winslett has built the Richmond Ballet into a nationally recognized professional dance company.
Nora Houston
Artist and social reformer Nora Houston resided at the Houston family home at 314 East Main Street (no longer standing) early in the 20th century when she joined the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia and began advocating women's right to vote.
Kate Mason Rowland
During the last years of her life, author Kate Mason Rowland, who wrote a definitive biography of George Mason, lived at a boarding house (no longer standing) across the street from the Jefferson Hotel.
Ruth Coles Harris
The first African American woman to become a certified public accountant in Virginia, Ruth Coles Harris was also the founding director of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University.
Alice Jackson Stuart
Alice Jackson challenged Virginia's laws of segregation when she applied to the University of Virginia to pursue graduate studies in 1935, while living at her family's home on Brook Road, in Richmond.
Martha Dillard Franck Rollins
Community activist Martha Rollins fights racism, recidivism, and prejudice by bringing Richmond communities together across racial, social, and economic barriers through efforts such as Boaz & Ruth, a faith-based nonprofit that has helped revitalize one of the city's neighborhoods.
Isabel Wood Rogers
As an author and educator at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (later Union Presbyterian Seminary), Isabel Wood Rogers advocated that Christians take an active and responsible interest in the secular world.
Betty Sams Christian
For more than twenty years, Betty Sams Christian served as president of Central Coca-Cola Bottling Company, headquartered on Roseneath Road in Richmond, and strove to enrich her community through philanthropy.
Marii Kyogoku Hasegawa
As a result of her experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, Marii Kyogoku Hasegawa devoted her life to promoting human rights, disarmament, and world peace, in part through the Richmond Peace Center, of which she was a co-founder.
Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan
Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan, who lived on Pocahontas Avenue, worked to improve the life of Richmond residents and to preserve Virginia’s history.
Louise Harrison McCraw
Buckingham County native Louise Harrison McCraw cofounded the Braille Circulating Library, in Richmond, to meet the needs of an underserved population.
Naomi Silverman Cohn
Activist Naomi Silverman Cohn lived at this Grove Avenue home at the time she cofounded the Virginia Women's Council of Legislative Chairmen of State Organizations, through which she advocated social legislation to improve the lives of women and children.
John-Geline MacDonald Bowman
While living at 1904 Hanover Avenue early in the 1920s, John-Geline MacDonald Bowman began managing the Expert Letter Writing Company, a direct-mail advertising firm that eventually grew to be one of the largest in the South.

This tour was created by Library of Virginia User on 06/09/17 .

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