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At times glossed over for credit and notoriety, Georgia’s history is rich with the stories of intrepid women who broke with tradition and paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities of Georgians to come. Learn about their achievements, and histories, as well as the challenges they overcame.

Anna Colquitt Hunter
Anna Colquitt Hunter, Preserving Savannah

Educated at the Savannah Pape School and Agnes Scott College, Anna Colquitt Hunter was first a journalist and then a field director for the Red Cross in North Africa during World War II. In the...

Atlanta's Author: Celestine Sibley

Celestine Sibley won several awards and served many humanitarian causes during her career as a journalist, columnist, and author, becoming an iconic adopted daughter of Georgia.

Berry College: The Gate of Opportunity

Martha Berry founded Possum Trot, a log cabin school for rural children, at Oak Hill, on her Rome, Georgia family’s plantation. In addition to receiving academic and religious instruction, her...

Beyond the Cookies: The Girl Scouts of America

Fran Powell Harold, director of the Girl Scout National Center, discusses the energy and creativity that Juliette Gordon Low brought to the formation of the Girl Scouts, which she founded in her...

Leila Ross Wilburn
Designing Decatur: Leila Ross Wilburn

A pioneering vernacular architect whose family moved to Decatur during the Great Depression, Leila Ross Wilburn's style defines many of the in town neighborhoods in Atlanta. Attending school...

Diary of an Anti-Slavery Plantation Daughter

According to Georgia historian Melanie Pavich-Lindsay, the Butler family came to Georgia from South Carolina and eventually amassed plantations and hundreds of slaves on St. Simons Island. Fanny...

Jane Hurt Yarn
Georgia's Wildlife Protector: Jane Hurt Yarn

Family and friends, including President Jimmy Carter and Marcia Dew Bansley, Executive Director of Trees Atlanta, reflect on Jane Hurt Yarn's life work on protecting Georgia's environment. She was...

Helen Dortch Longstreet
Helen Dortch Longstreet: The Fighting Lady

Married to a Confederate general, Helen Dortch Longstreet was a fighter in her own right. Helen became known as the "Fighting Lady," a champion of many causes, including environmental protection,...

Margaret Mitchell
In the Shadow of a Novel: Margaret Mitchell

Famous for her classic novel Gone with the Wind, Peggy Mitchell had been rebellious in her youth, choosing not to finish college and acting less than modestly in Atlanta society. While...

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