Women's History Month in Virginia

March is Women's History Month. Take a look into women's impact on Virginia's past, present, and future.

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Since the earliest days of English colonization and even earlier among its First Peoples, women have played both starring and storyteller roles. This month, we celebrate those women, both past, present and future.

Join us for a look at the many resources for learning gathered here, visit a historic site or attend a special event honoring Virginia women.

Most importantly, consider the women in your own life and how they enrich the lives of those around them. Appreciate them, thank them, and share their history with your own families.

Honoring Women Veterans

March 19-25, 2023

Women Veterans Week

In honor of Women Veterans Week March 19-25, 2023, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services presents a series of special events across the Commonwealth.

Find a Women Veterans Event Near You

Virginia’s Women Veterans Program

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.

Visit the Virginia’s Women Veterans Program website


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.

Learning Resources

Check out the resources below to learn more on women's impact on the history of Virginia.

Noteworthy Women of Virginia

Throughout the month of March, the spotlight is on influential women of Virginia's past, present, and future.

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Temperence Flowerdew, Lady Yeardley

One of the First

Temperance Flowerdew was one of the two first English women in Virginia, arriving in 1609. She survived the 1610-1611 "Starving Time," and in 1613 took her second marriage to Captain George Yeardley, a prominent military leader in Virginia who became Governor. 

In the early years of the Virginia colony, there were very few English women. To help the fledgling colony, the Virginia Company recruited and sent nearly 140 women from 1620-1622 to answer the requests from planters for wives. 

Learn More about Temperence Flowerdew

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Sheila C. Johnson

The Self-Made Philanthropist

Sheila Johnson, a repeat member of Forbes' annual lists of America's Richest Self-Made Women, often uses her wealth to fund causes that help people of color and artists. She's a co-founder of WE Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in women-led startups. 

Johnson's company is now ranked #25 among the nation's largest Black-owned businesses. She's the first Black woman to be an owner or partner in professional sports teams including the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA). 

Learn More about Sheila Johnson

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My Lan Tran

The Advocate

My Lan Tran is executive director of the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit business organization. She advocates on behalf of over 47,500 Asian American companies in Virginia, which employ over 97,000 persons and create $20B in revenue annually.

Tran, who speaks Spanish, French, Vietnamese and English, came to the U.S in 1975 after the communist takeover of her country. Her awards include Small Business Administration Champion of The Year for Small and Minority Business and  SBA Champion of The Year, Small and Minority Business – Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Learn More about My Lan Tran

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