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Women in South Florida

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Environmentalist and Author

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Gloria Estefan
Grammy Award Winning Singer, Actress, Songwriter, Philanthropist, and Humanitarian

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Chris Evert
Pro Tennis Player Who Ranked Number One for Seven Years

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Betty Mae Jumper
First Woman Elected as Head of the Seminole Tribe of Florida

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Carrie P. Meek
First African American Congress Woman

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Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin
Founder and President of Barry University

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Janet Reno
First Female Attorney General of the United States

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Donna Shalala
President of the University of Miami

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Ivy J. C. Stranahan
Fort Lauderdale Pioneer, Advocate for Women and Native Americans

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Julia DeForest Sturdevant Tuttle
Miami Founder, known as "Mother of Miami"


Women's History in Florida

Here are just a few of the many images depicting the history of women in Florida.

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Facts About Women's History Month

"In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women’s History Week. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 8. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the U.S. president has issued a proclamation." (US Census, 2009)

Facts From the 2010 US Census

  • There are  155.8 million females in the United States and  151.8 millon males.
  • There are 197.900 females in active military service.
  • 1.7 million of women are veterans.
  • Estimated 82.8 million mothers.
  • Women who worked full time earned $ .77 cents compared to the $ 1 dollar their male counterparts earned.
  • 29.4 million women and 28.4 million men 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher. Women had a larger share of high school diplomas, as well as associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. More men than women had a professional or doctoral degree.
  • 55% of college students are women


Websites About Women's Movement

  • Images of Women's History in Florida
    Here are just a few of the many images depicting the history of women in Florida.
  • The Library of Congress: Women's History Month
    The Library of Congress site features biographies, audio clips, images, classroom materials, and links to relevant collections and exhibits.
  • National First Ladies' Library
    As the first and only facility of its kind, the National First Ladies' Library serves as a unique national resource for patrons from school children to serious scholars.
  • National Women's History Project
    The National Women's History Project selection of women whose contributions or accomplishments are embodied in the year's theme. Birth and death years, occupation, and a brief profile are provided for each of the several dozen honorees.
  • Women's History - Biographies (Gale)
    Gale Research observes Women's History Month with a timeline from 4000 B.C. to the present and biographies of several dozen women, including Joan of Arc, Sally Hemings, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Flossie Wong-Staal, and Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Women's History and Women Issues in the State of Florida
    This site will let you access to collections pertaining to Women's History and Women's Issues of Florida.
  • Women's Right Movement
    These groups share one common goal: increasing awareness of United States women's marvelous history.
  • Women of Influence
    This collection chronicles how 21 notable American women broke new ground, some by championing equal rights for all and others by their accomplishments in fields such as government, literature, and even in war.

Information on Women's Suffrage Movement

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