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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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Rachel Howland
Marian Shaw Smith
Elizabeth Piper Ensley
Weetamoo
Alice Virginia Bradford Tobey Jones
Emily Howland Bourne
Eleanor W. Morton
Lydia Grinnell Brown
Sylvia Ann Howland
Helen Elizabeth Ellis
Nancy Holt
Alberta Mae Knox
Rebecca L. H. Taber
Mary Schwartz
Mary Rotch
Harriet Jacobs
Rosemary S. Tierney
Elizabeth Terry Delano
Sister Rosellen Gallogly
Florence Waite
Valentina Almeida
Ada Woolley Sullivan
Hope Atkinson
Carrie Lee
Mary Ann Hathaway Tripp
Elizabeth Marble
Shirley Bernice Cohen
Amelia Jones
Mercy Etta Baker
Maria (Maja) Capek
Mary T. Vermette
Lillian B. Lamoureux
Loretta Bourque
Rosalind Poll Brooker
Eliza Bierstadt
Gratia Montgomery
Aurélia Benoît Lebeau
Sara Ann Delano
Sarah R. Delano
Consuelo M. Sousa
Juan Bennett Drummond
Edith Guerrier
Marie A. Nelson
Margaret Xifaras
Deborah Weston
Mary J. “Polly” Johnson
Jennie Horne
Sue Wong van Wiggeren
Laura Keene
Jane Jackson
Ellen Kempton
Alice Howland Macomber
Frances Eliot Gifford
Mary Ann Flanagan Hayden
Alberta Simmons Brownell
Lena Britto
Mary Parker Converse
Tryne Costa
Huybertie Hamlin
Lillian Ross
Pauline Meyer Colyar
Helena de Kay Gilder
Carol Haney
Margery V. “Ruby” Dottin
Rubye Haffer Finger
Nora Ouimette Duprey
Dineia Sylvia
Annie Holmes Ricketson
Jane C. Waters
Archangela Fortes
Mary Hudson Onley
Mary Stanley
Cecil Clark Davis
Rosetta Douglass
Sister Aurora Helena Avelar
Noelie Houle
Mary Santos Barros
Mary A. Smith
Awashonks
Suzanne Marjorie Stockard Underwood
Sarah Rotch Arnold
Mary Ricketson Bullard
Mary Hall Leonard
Mary B. H. Ransom
Helen Worthing Webster
Margaret Ryckebusch
Eloise Solomon Pina
Bertha Cohen
Amelia Piper
Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks
Ruby Devol Finch
Josephine Teixeira
Laurinda C. Andrade
Emma Louise Piper
Charlotte White
Rita Lopes
Dora Bastarache
Martha Bush Gray
Hetty Green
Mary Elizabeth Hartley

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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