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Is there a woman whose activism has inspired you?

In 2018, Ginai Seabron became Virginia’s first black female nanoscience graduate when she graduated from Virginia Tech. Seabron personalized her mortarboard with letters from the periodic table and other decorative details. Learn more about her story (and see her graduation cap that she gifted to VMHC) in the “Determined” exhibition. Details at VirginiaHistory.org/Determined.

The VMHC is collecting stories and items for an exhibit that will celebrate Virginia women as drivers of change since 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed granting women the right to vote. The exhibit is a signature project of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration

Opening in March 2020, Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today will explore the legacies of the suffrage movement with a focus on the unsung heroines who represent grass roots activism today.

We are seeking documents, photos, and objects to tell the stories of women who have brought change to their communities in a variety of ways including:

  • arts and culture
  • business and labor
  • education
  • gender and race equality
  • health and reproductive rights
  • politics
  • social justice

Have a story or item to share?
Please complete the form below. If you have photographs or scanned documents to accompany your submission please email them to Karen Sherry, VMHC Curator of Exhibitions, at ksherry@virginiahistory.org.