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)

Pamela Jo Slutz ’70
First woman to hold the diplomatic positions of deputy director of the U.S. Department of State Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs; Acting Director, then Deputy Director, of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei; U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia; he hosted the first visit to Mongolia by a sitting president and first lady, a secretary of defense, and a speaker of the House

Ann Compton ’69
First woman to be named a White House correspondent

Stella Ferguson Thayer ’62
First woman to chair the Tamps Chamber of Commerce

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)