Women have played a vital role in shaping the course of South Carolina since the earliest days of human settlement. From organizers to educators, from medical professionals to civic leaders, from politicians to cultural icons, the entries in 101 Women Who Shaped South Carolina shed light on the many and varied contributions women have made both within the state and beyond. Drawing from the landmark text The South Carolina Encyclopedia, this volume presents readers with short biographical essays that are informative and accessible. Arranged chronologically, they provide, in their totality, a concise history of the state and the women who shaped it. A foreword is provided by Walter Edgar, Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina.