March is Women's History Month. Take a look into women's impact on Virginia's past, present, and future.
“Some women, while not included in the pages of a history book, have made contributions no less vital. Civic leader and social reformer Ora E. Brown Stokes from Chesterfield County worked tirelessly for a women’s right to vote and receive an education. Today, women constitute the majority of the student population at Virginia colleges and universities. Through strengthening and enriching society by impacting every field from business to medicine to government to the arts, women continue to nurture the family while fueling innovation, as well as the growth and success of tomorrow’s leaders;”
- Governor Glenn Youngkin
March 20-26, 2022
Women Veterans Week
This week is a time dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of women veterans across the Commonwealth. Taking place from March 20-26, 2022, this is the 5th consecutive year that Virginia is devoting the fourth full week in March to recognizing all of the women who have served in the United States armed forces.
Mission: Virginia’s Women Veterans Program (VWVP) provides access to community resources to educate, unify, and empower Virginia’s women veterans, who have served in the military in all eras; by ensuring they receive timely yet appropriate transition and benefits support/ employment and education outreach; health and community advocacy.
With over 109,000 women veterans who call the Commonwealth home, Virginia has the highest percentage of women veterans per population of any state in the nation.
Women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of Virginia’s total veteran population.
In 2018, Virginia was one of the first states to establish a dedicated program for women veterans, which includes an annual Virginia Women Veterans Summit. This year’s event will take place in-person June 15, 2022.
Learn more about women in Virginia history at these locations across the Commonwealth.
These attractions provide great resources for learning more about women's history in Virginia.
The Library of Virginia is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state's incomparable printed and manuscript holdings.
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.
Whether they were transforming domestic hobbies into successful careers, pounding smoldering metal in blacksmith shops, or shaping the course of the nation, women played important—and unexpected roles—in Colonial Williamsburg.
Visit Colonial Williamsburg this March for special programming as we celebrate and examine the lives and relationships of these women during Women's History Month.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts.
With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change.
Check out the resources below to learn more on women's impact on the history of Virginia.
As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. Click below to learn more how this evolved into "Women's History Month".
The struggle for women to gain acceptance, recognition and equal rights in society has been a long process. In recognition of the contributions of American women, ALIC presents a listing of web sites relevant to women in the United States.
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 of the past and present 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.
Throughout the month of March, the spotlight is on influential women of Virginia's past, present, and future.