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Mary McLeod Bethune

(1875-1955)  Mary McLeod Bethune is an inspirational woman who led an extraordinary life in service of bettering her community, and society beyond. She was born near Maysville, South Carolina as the daughter of two former slaves.

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Joyce C. Hearn

(1929-2021)  The Honorable Joyce C. Hearn was born in Cedartown, Georgia, to J.C. and Carolyn Carter Camp. She met her husband after enrolling in West Georgia College at age 16. She then transferred to the University of Georgia and…

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Septima Poinsette Clark

(1898-1987)  Septima Poinsette Clark is recognized as the “Mother of the Movement”. Being the daughter of a former slave, she always understood the importance of civil rights. She worked as a teacher in South Carolina for…

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Marian Wright Edelman

(1939-)  Marian Wright Edelman has advocated for disadvantaged Americans and founded the Children’s Defense Fund during her professional life. This fund has become the strongest voice for children and families giving every child an opportunity to…

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Susan Pringle Frost

(1873-1960)  Susan Pringle Frost was born a member of an important family, very distinguished and well known in Charleston. When her family’s business started to fail, she entered the workforce and cultivated an interest in women’s…

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Hellen Morris Lewis

(1852-1933)  Hellen Morris Lewis was an important figurehead for women’s suffrage in the South, especially in her home state of North Carolina. In 1894, she sponsored her state’s first public meeting on women’s suffrage. She organized…

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Keller Barron

(1932-) A strong woman known for her activism in Columbia, Keller Barron focused on many issues: women’s rights, voters’ rights, improving racial relations, and education reform. For her efforts she was the first female recipient of the Christian…

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Alfred Mae Drakeford

Alfred Mae Drakeford has a lifetime of leadership experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Carolina and was promoted to manager of quality and training with the DuPont company. Her efforts in…

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Barbara Wischan Moxon

(1921-2011) Barbara Moxon became active in the League of Women Voters in 1963 and served as the state president of the organization from 1971 to 1977. She served as chairperson to the South Carolina Commission on Women from…

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Michelle Logan-Owens

(1971-) After growing up watching a nursing staff support her grandfather, Michelle Logan-Owens earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 1994. She furthered her education with a Master’s Degree and, in 2014, received a Doctorate…