This virtual tour celebrates women who have made a lasting impression on Atlanta. You may not recognize all of their names, but you will be inspired by their stories. The one thing they all have in common is that you can "connect" with them if you know where to go and what to look for. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to make those connections by visiting the various buildings, monuments and historical sites that bear their names. You will have to get off the beaten path to connect with some of these ladies, but it will be worth it!
* You can return to this index page at any time by clicking on the RED HEART at the top of each page and/or the INDEX text link that appears at the bottom of each page on this virtual tour.
On this virtual tour, the women appear in order of their birth year. Hover over the photos to see names. Click on the photos to jump to their individual pages. Click on the blue button below to take the tour sequentially.
If you are unable to visit the various sites in person, you can still participate by taking the virtual tour below. We will be adding some more women soon and during the month of March 2020 (Women's History Month) all of these Women of Distinction will be featured on the Explore Atlanta social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
NOTE: These are content-rich pages (images, photos, text, links, etc.). For this reason, we highly recommend taking this virtual tour on a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. This will result in a much better experience.
This video explains how to get the most out of this tour
Listed by Last Name
- Barbara Miller Asher — This tireless public servant became known as Atlanta's Architect for the Future
- Selena Sloan Butler — This teacher's strong sense of purpose improved educational outcomes for all children
- Rosalynn Carter — This Georgia native is a former First Lady of the United States and Founder of The Carter Center
- Annie E. Casey — This Seattle widow raised four children and left a legacy that would impact Atlanta in a profound way
- Xernona Clayton — This ceiling-shattering broadcaster and civil rights leader had an Atlanta street named in her honor
- Martha Lumpkin Compton — Before it was Atlanta, the name was "Marthasville." Meet Martha!
- Mayor Shirley Franklin — This courageous mayor helped to turn Atlanta around after years of mismanagement
- Dorothy Chapman Fuqua — This generous philanthropist created one of the crown jewels of Atlanta
- Julia Collier Harris — This courageous journalist brought Georgia its first Pulitzer Prize
- Alice Stubbs Hawthorne — This 44-year old mother lost her life while celebrating the 'human spirit' at the 1996 Olympics
- Coretta Scott King — This civil rights pioneer was committed to social justice and peace
- Harriet E. Giles — This staunch advocate for women's education co-founded Spelman College
- Nancy Morgan Hart — Meet a Revolutionary War heroine from Georgia
- Mary Latimer McLendon — This tireless activist became known as the "Mother of Suffrage" in Georgia
- Margaret Mitchell — This Atlanta native wrote one of the most popular books of all-time
- Sophia B. Packard — This courageous and dedicated educator was a co-founder of Spelman College
- Dr. Roslyn Pope — This Civil Rights icon penned a pivotal document while attending Spelman College
- Agnes Irvine Scott — This courageous woman had a college named in her honor
- Laura Spelman Rockefeller — Spelman College was named in this philanthropist's honor
- Mtamanika Youngblood — This "cultural crusader" is preserving the Sweet Auburn Historic District
This website and tour was created by Steve Saenz, a local tour guide who has been living in Atlanta since 1985. He has designed and led over 300 walking tours throughout the City since 2014. Steve also created Atlanta Freedom Trail Tour to and Peachtree Street Walking Tour help people connect with Atlanta's past, present and future.
- You can return to this index page at any time by clicking on the RED HEART at the top or the INDEX link that appears at the bottom of each page.
- Use the NEXT button above to proceed to subsequent stops on this virtual tour.
- You can can access the interactive map at any time by clicking on the MAP text link.