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Lighting the Way – Historic Women of the South Coast tells the stories of commitment, determination and perseverance of women from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

“Women’s contributions have often been heard as whispers in history,” said Christina Bascom, the project’s designer. Spurred on by tales of a Petticoat Society, a group of women from throughout the community are bringing these stories to life on the SouthCoast. “We are unearthing remarkable stories of women’s personal callings that required grit, tenacity and enduring commitment to their families, community and country. These stories will inspire, motivate and inform generations to come.”

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Loretta Bourque
Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard
Emma Hall
Suzanne Marjorie Stockard Underwood
Jane Jackson
Helen Elizabeth Ellis
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss
Alice Howland Macomber
Carrie Lee
Elizabeth Terry Delano
Lillian Ross
Juan Bennett Drummond
Helen Worthing Webster
Maria Alves
Harriet Jacobs
Emma Louise Piper
Cornelia Grinnell
Marial M. Harper
Anna Elizabeth White
Hetty Green
Elizabeth Leonard
Betsey B. Winslow
Edith Guerrier
Lena Britto
Martha Bailey Briggs
Margaret Ryckebusch
Amelia Piper
Annie Holmes Ricketson
Florence Eastman
Geraldine Gomes
Charlotte White
Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks
Elizabeth Carter Brooks
Mary Ann Flanagan Hayden
Cordelia Vien
Theresa Dougall
Harriet Didriksen
Sara Ann Delano
Louise E. Strongman
Gratia Montgomery
Amelia Jones
Rosetta Douglass
Jennie Horne
Dora Bastarache
Sister Aurora Helena Avelar
Carol Haney
Alberta Mae Knox
Eliza Bierstadt
Minna Littmann
Maria (Maja) Capek
Nancy Holt
Mary Rotch
Elizabeth Piper Ensley
Mary Ann Hathaway Tripp
Mary Santos Barros
Huybertie Hamlin
Rosemary S. Tierney
Marie Equi
Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence
Sarah Rotch Arnold
Eloise Solomon Pina
Theodosia Chase
Rosalind Poll Brooker
Mary T. Vermette
Mary Hall Leonard
Elizabeth Taber
Helena de Kay Gilder
Nora Ouimette Duprey
Archangela Fortes
Mary Schwartz
Rita Lopes
Alberta Simmons Brownell
Mary Stanley
Eulalia Mendes
Phebe Hart Mendall
Florence Waite
Alice Virginia Bradford Tobey Jones
Gladys Heuberger Sherman Ellis
Martha Bush Gray
Consuelo M. Sousa
Ruby Devol Finch
Mabel Knipe
Ruth S. Atkinson
Jane C. Waters
Cara Leland Rogers
Rosamond Guinn
Ada Woolley Sullivan
Belmira Nunes
Sarah R. Delano
Emily Howland Bourne
Ellen Kempton
Ida M. Eliot
Caroline Leonard Goodenough
Mary Elizabeth Hartley
Marie A. Nelson
Mary J. “Polly” Johnson
Valentina Almeida
Mary Hudson Onley
Mary Ricketson Bullard
Clementina “Tina” Ponte

Lighting the Way – Historic Women of the South Coast tells the stories of commitment, determination and perseverance of women from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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