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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The achievements of women are a big part of new historical markers approved for roads and highways across Virginia.

Four of 10 new markers honor the contributions of individual women and organizations founded by women who helped shape U.S. and Virginia history.

The new markers recognize women involved in early voting rights efforts, as well as the nation's first women pilots and a leader in the civil rights movement.

The Virginia highway marker program began in 1927 with the installation of the first historical markers along U.S. Route 1 and is believed to be the oldest such program in the nation. More than 2,100 official markers dot the state.

The new highway markers were approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

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