Inspirational Women of Virginia

Influential Women who Helped Shape this Great Commonwealth


The woman who best represents all that is the Suffrage Movement, is Virginia Minor. Described as a most ladylike girl, the studied and gentle Virginia native became the person who took the women’s movement all the way to the Supreme Court when she quietly attempted to register to vote in St. Louis, Missouri.

Minor is known as The Champion of Suffrage and dared to challenge the Government at the highest levels when she staked claim to the 14th Amendment. She argued that the basic right to vote applied to all, an argument that lead ultimately to the creation of 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Suffrage was her life’s work and she advocated at local, state, and national levels for a right Minor believed was absolute. For her steadfast courage, and as the Champion for women’s rights, she is one of Virginia’s most influential women.

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