COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 47

February 24, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2006 Virginia Women in History Month

 

I am pleased to bring to your attention the recognition of March as Virginia Women in History month. To celebrate Virginia Women in History month, the Library of Virginia has mailed to Virginia Social Studies teachers and history and social science chairpersons in middle and high schools a poster of eight Virginia women, which includes a short biography of each woman honored. The posters are accompanied by curriculum guides suitable for teachers in grades K-12.

 

The women honored on this years poster are:

 

           Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune (1890-1922), a writer from Amelia County;

           Katherine Harwood Waller Barrett (1858-1925), a reformer from Stafford County;

           John-Geline MacDonald Bowman (1890-1946), a business executive from Richmond;

           Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906-1992), a computer science pioneer and rear admiral from Arlington County;

           Sister Marie Majella Berg (1916-2004), a college president from Arlington County;

           Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek McClenahan (1917-2005), a civic leader from Richmond; and

           G. Anne Nelson Richardson (1956- ), a Rappahannock chief from King and Queen County.

 

For more information about the Virginia Women in History project or the 2006 Virginia Women in History poster, please contact Jan Hathcock jhathcock@va.lib.va.us, at the Library of Virginia, at (804) 692-3592; or Beverly Thurston Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, coordinator of history and social sciences, Office of Middle and High Instruction, at (804) 225-2893.

 

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