Mary Margaret Whipple: Recognizing Virginia’s Founding Mothers

AMERICAN HISTORY BOOKS teach about America’s founding fathers and how they built our great nation. But what about the achievements of America’s founding mothers? March is Women’s History Month — the perfect time for us to learn about and recognize the journeys of our founding mothers.

America’s founding mothers’ stories of bravery, strength, resistance and entrepreneurship can be traced all the way back to our nation’s founding in Virginia during the early 1600s in the Jamestown colony. Women such as Ann Burras Laydon, one of the first two English women to journey to the New World, played a vital role in sustaining the settlement and remained in the background as they supported the men on the forefront of America’s beginnings.