RICHMOND, Va., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of Women's History Month the Virginia Women's Monument Commission, Virginia Capitol Foundation and the 2019 Commemoration are launching their March to Mother's Day digital campaign. The campaign will explore 400 years of women's history in Virginia and bring to life the powerful narratives of the women honored in the Virginia's Women's Monument, Voices from the Garden, which will be located in Richmond Capitol Square.
Designed to raise awareness and support fundraising for the Monument, March to Mother's Day will honor the full range of women's achievements and their significant contributions in every aspect of Virginia and national history. In addition, the campaign's tribute program offers a very personal way to honor the important women in our own lives. With every tribute donation, a certificate or beautiful handwritten card will be sent with a personalized message to the women you choose to celebrate.
The March to Mother's Day campaign employs a variety of digital platforms to tell the incredible stories of the twelve women memorialized in bronze. March to Mother's Day will bring to life the stories of these inspiring women:
- Ann Burras Laydon (c. 1594-after 1625) Jamestown
- Cockacoeske (fl. 1656- d. 1686) Jamestown
- Mary Draper Ingles (c.1732-1815) Southwest Virginia
- Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802) Fairfax
- Clementina Bird Rind (1740-1774) Williamsburg
- Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907) Dinwiddie
- Sally Louisa Tompkins (1833-1916) Mathews Co.
- Maggie L. Walker (1864-1934) Richmond
- Sarah G. Boyd Jones (1866-1905) Richmond
- Laura Lu Copenhaver (1868-1940) Smyth Co./Marion
- Virginia Estelle Randolph (1875-1958) Henrico
- Adele Goodman Clark (1882-1983) Richmond
Audiences of every age and background, both female and male, will relate to these women's inspiring and diverse stories, which share themes of survival, achievement, pioneering spirit, and triumph over difficult circumstances. Through these stories, March to Mother's Day will teach the under told history of women in the Commonwealth and examine their changing role in society by drawing connections between the issues faced by women in the past, present and future.
"The March to Mother's Day campaign will inspire current and future generations of women to emulate and surpass the achievements of the past. The campaign will also encourage individuals to recognize the women in their own lives who have influenced them in significant and lasting ways," said Mary Margaret Whipple, a former member of the Senate of Virginia and a member of the Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission. "By sharing women's powerful stories and honoring someone who is/was your inspiration, you can change the conversation and impact how women see themselves and their position in the community."
The Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission is partnering with Virginia's 2019 Commemoration to conduct the March to Mother's Day Campaign. The 2019 Commemoration explores our American EVOLUTION through key events that shaped America and their enduring influence over a 400-year arc of history that continues to influence our future. March to Mother's Day is a key event in the Commemoration's exploration of the role of women in shaping Virginia and America's ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity.
"Women like Ann Burras Laydon and Cockacoeske played a pivotal role in strengthening the Jamestown colony and subsequently the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Kathy Spangler, Executive Director, 2019 Commemoration. "Starting in Women's History Month and ending with Mother's Day we will honor outstanding women, their diverse backgrounds, outstanding accomplishments and the remarkable contributions they have made to both the Commonwealth and the nation."
For more information on March to Mother's Day or to make a donation to the Virginia Women's Monument, please visit www.VirginiaLegacy.com. Visit www.americanevolution2019.com for information on Virginia's 2019 Commemoration.
About the 2019 Commemoration
The 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™, highlights events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured programs, events and legacy projects will position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism and economic development. AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity.
About the Virginia Capitol Foundation
The Virginia Capitol Foundation is the independent, nonprofit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization supporting the ongoing restoration, preservation, and interpretation of the Virginia Capitol, Executive Mansion, and Capitol Square.
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