Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries
For four centuries, Virginia women have made
history that is both important and inspiring. As
entrepreneurs and laborers, wives and mothers,
educators and reformers, women—both famous
and lesser-known—have influenced the course
of history in the Old Dominion. Changing
History: Virginia Women through Four Centuries
begins with the region’s Native American
peoples before Jamestown and ends with a
twenty-first century profoundly changed by
second-wave feminism. Generously illustrated,
Changing History is based on recent scholarly
work as well as research in original records.
The engaging narrative reveals a history of
Virginia women whose rights and choices have
increased over time: enslaved women became
free; wives became property-owners; women
of all races attained greater access to education,
suffrage, and other basic civil rights. Progress
has not always been steady and improvements
have varied by class, race, and region. Virginia’s
women have created an evocative legacy.
Changing History tells their stories.