‘City of Monuments’ No Longer a Man’s World

Concept by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group. (Photo from the Women’s Monument Commission)

Concept by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group. (Photo from the Women’s Monument Commission)

By Alix Hines
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Richmond is called the City of Monuments, whether it’s for the grand statues lining Monument Avenue or the historical figures overlooking Capitol Square. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and even Arthur Ashe are among the figures Richmond honors with monuments in their name.

See a pattern there? None of those statues depict women. Continue reading

Women Still Underrepresented in Virginia Politics

By Paige Baxter and Alix Hines

Capital News Service

[Editor’s note: This is a special report about women in politics. It also includes an interactive timeline; charts documenting the underrepresentation of women in the Virginia General Assembly and every state; avideo of three politically involved women discussing the issue; and a sidebar about plans to build a monument honoring Virginia women on the state Capitol grounds.]

Historical marker in Richmond. (Photo by Paige Baxter, CNS)

Historical marker in Richmond. (Photo by Paige Baxter, CNS)

By Paige Baxter and Alix Hines

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt and Lucy Stone were among the national leaders of the suffragist movement in the United States. But several Virginians also paved the way for women in politics today.

Ellen Glasgow, Adèle Clark and Lila Meade Valentine were among the women who joined to create Virginia’s Equal Suffrage League. Later, that organization became the League of Women Voters of Virginia, which is dedicated to educating all citizens about civic issues. Continue reading

Review: ‘Ready Virginia’ App Isn’t ‘Ready’

January 17, 2013

By Alix Hines
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, released an emergency preparedness app for Virginians to use during disasters. The free application for iPhone and Android phones is called Ready Virginia. But it’s unclear if the app is really “ready” and useful for Virginians.

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Is uranium mine scaring people from Southside?

By Alix Hines
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – When people come to Southside Virginia, Adam Lynch said, they are looking for nature, clean air, lakes and pretty mountains. Lynch, a Realtor for Prudential Waterfront Properties and consultant for Charles Lynch Construction, said the thought of having a uranium mine in their backyard is driving people away from the area.

“I’m more of a residential Realtor. But on the more commercial side, it may keep people from bringing business into our area just because the negative connotation of what a mine would bring with it,” Lynch said.

Del. Don Merricks, R-Pittsylvania Continue reading