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Virginia Women in History

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  • Mary Shippen Byrd (1740 - 1814)
    Mary Willing Byrd (September 10, 1740 – March 1814) was the second wife of Colonel William Byrd III, a colonial American military officer at the time of the American Revolution and son of the founder...
  • Laura Lu Copenhaver (1868 - 1940)
    Lutheran lay leader and founder of Rosemont Industries; daughter of John Jacob Scherer and Elizabeth Katharine Killinger Scherer. Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Apr 5 2017, 22:28:01...
  • Maybelle Carter (1909 - 1978)
    "Mother" Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 - October 23, 1978) was an American country musician. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s and also as a membe...
  • Betty Masters (1929 - 2015)
    Growing up in Salem, Betty Masters (October 8, 1929–June 24, 2015) helped her father develop photographs in his darkroom. She fostered her love of photography at Roanoke College, where she enrolled i...
  • Louise Harrison McCraw (1893 - 1975)
    Growing up in Buckingham County, Louise Harrison McCraw (February 1893–January 25, 1975) wanted to be a writer. By age eleven she had started sending stories to the children's page of Richmond's Time...

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.