Lee Bird Leavengood of Tampa was born in Monticello, FL in 1928. While attending the Florida State College for Women (FSCW) in 1947, she was one of a small group who were offered a scholarship to help gender-integrate the University of Florida, which was going co-ed for the first time.
Adela Hernandez Gonzmart – “The Queen of Ybor City” – not only served as the gracious and elegant figurehead and supreme hostess of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant until her death in 2001 at 81 but also as a tireless advocate for the arts, the community, and her heritage.
Lena B. Smithers Hughes, is recognized as a pioneer in the development of the Valencia orange, a crop of appreciable importance to Florida.
Frances Bartlett Kinne, The first woman president of a Florida university, she became president of Jacksonville University, a private institution, in 1979. She became Chancellor in 1989 and Chancellor Emeritus in 1994.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Perhaps the best known of Florida authors, moved here in 1928. She was born in Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1918, married, and spent a decade at writing jobs across the nation before settling at Cross Creek, near Gainesville.
Sybil Collins Mobley, Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University, Dr. Sybil Mobley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She earned a master’s in business administration from the prestigious Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia in 1961 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1963.
Wilhelmina Celeste Goehring Harvey, Wilhelmina Harvey was the first woman elected to the Monroe County Commission and the first woman mayor of Key West. She graduated from Florida State College for Women (now FSU) in 1937 and earned a master’s degree in public administration in 1980.
Annie Ackerman, Known as the ‘Condo Queen,’ was a political leader among retirees from the North who live in condominiums in southeast Florida. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia, she was the mother of three.
Ruth Bryan Owen, The first woman elected to Congress from the South, she was the daughter of presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan. Born in Nebraska, she moved to Florida in 1918.
Barbara Jo Palmer, A pioneer in the development of programs for female athletes, Barbara Palmer has been nationally recognized for her efforts to establish equity in sports for women.