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West Virginia Women

Mildred Mitchell-Bateman
The first African-American woman to head a West Virginia state government agency

Irene Drukker Broh
Huntington suffragist and civic leader

Elizabeth Simpson Drewry
The first African-American woman elected to the West Virginia Legislature

Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis
The founder of Mothers' Day Work Clubs and the inspiration for Mother's Day

Harriet B. Jones
The first woman in West Virginia to be licensed as a doctor and one of the first women to be elected to the West Virginia Legislature

Elizabeth Kee
The first woman from West Virginia to be elected to the United States Congress

Lenna Lowe Yost
One of the leaders of West Virginia's suffrage movement and the first woman to chair a major political party national convention

History of Women in West Virginia

West Virginia History Center

West Virginia Archives and History