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Alexandria Celebrates Women: Motherhood: A risky endeavor

By Gayle Converse Alexandria and the nation have celebrated mothers this month. Throughout its 275-year history, the city has honored many women who have contributed to...

Alexandria Celebrates Women: The Eagle Lady: saving bald eagles

By Gayle Converse At one location along the Mount Vernon Trail during the recent Alexandria Celebrates Women “Making History to D.C.” Walk, I couldn’t help...

Alexandria Celebrates Women: Women’s efforts helped cherry blossoms take root

By Gayle Converse Washington, D.C.’s treasured cherry blossoms are the horticultural and diplomatic result of women’s efforts; yet, while the Tidal Basin itself rightfully pays...

Alexandria Celebrates Women: Founding the trail

By Gayle Converse  Hosting more than one million pedestrians and bicyclists each year, Northern Virginia’s scenic Mount Vernon Trail has become one of the most...

Alexandria Celebrates Women: Women’s roles on Election Day

By Gayle Converse You might think it’s a far stretch between serving as a high-ranking United States military officer in the Middle East to serving...

The story of 1600s landowner ‘Gentleman’ Margaret Brent

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller Margaret Brent, a woman with strong ties to the geographic region that would become Alexandria, asked for the right...

The story of the ratification of the 19th Amendment

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller One hundred years ago this month, American women achieved the right to vote. August 2020 marks the ratification anniversary...

The women’s suffrage movement – a template for modern protests

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller The violence directed at some of the recent equal rights marches and protests can be traced to many civil...

Honoring Alexandria’s Kate Waller Barrett

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller Kate Waller Barrett was an Alexandria suffragist who helped the city and nation during the 1918 flu pandemic and...

‘Lifting as We Climb’: A tale of African American women suffragists

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller The two-mile long procession stretched between the U.S. Capitol and Treasury Building. As thousands of participants walked in solidarity...