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Hollins University
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Roanoke, VA 24020-1629
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Alumnae Firsts

  • Charlotte Fox '79
    First American woman to have climbed three of the world's 8,000 meter (26,000-foot peaks); she survived deadly blizzard on Mount Everest in May 1996
  • Rev. Cynthia Hale '75
    First woman to serve as chaplain for the day for the U.S. House of Representatives at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Valk Long '72
    First woman publisher at Time Inc, (publisher of Life, then People, Time)
  • Ann Compton '69
    First woman to be named a White House correspondent
  • Wyndham Robertson '58
    First female editor at Fortune magazine and the first female vice president at the University of North Carolina
  • Flo Neher Traywick '45
    First woman in Virginia to be nominated by either party to run for Congress (House of  Representatives) - Sixth Congressional District, 1976
  • Lucie Gillespie Greever '40
    First woman to graduate from UVa's school of architecture
  • Mary Garber '38
    First woman sportswriter in the Atlantic Coast Conference, now inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame; received Hollins' first Distinguished Alumnae Award in May 2006
  • Lottie Moon, Class of 1858
    First woman to earn a master of arts degree from UVa (one of 5); Baptist missionary — the church has raised over $1 billion in her name
  • Fanny Scott Bagby
    First woman to hold municipal office in the Commonwealth of Virginia (attended before the Civil War)