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.
Paula Mae Milton, A leader in the creative arts at Miami-Dade Community College, Paula Mae Milton was born in Kentucky. She moved to Florida in 1954, graduated from Stetson University in 1961, earned a master’s degree from the University of Miami in 1963, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1967.
Elaine Gordon, Was the first woman inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Born in New York, she moved to Florida in 1964. During the Constitutional Revision Session in 1968, she was a legislative assistant to State Representative George Firestone, who later became Secretary of State.
Helene S. Coleman, President of the National Council of Jewish Women, Helene Coleman’s life has been that of a fulltime volunteer. She was born in New York and graduated from Hunter College in 1945.
Mary McLeod Bethune, One of the nation’s most prominent educators and civil rights leaders, Mary McLeod Bethune was born in South Carolina to former slaves. She graduated from college in Chicago in 1894 and returned South to teach.
Julia DeForest Sturtevant Tuttle, A landowner who was key to the development of Miami, Julia Tuttle was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She married in 1871, bore two children, and visited Miami for the first time in 1875. After her husband’s death in 1891, she moved there permanently.
Gladys Pumariega Soler, MD, Dr.Gladys P. Soler was born in Pedro Betancourt, Cuba, earned her medical degree from Havana University in 1955, and, after a residency in Jacksonville, practiced in Matanzas, Cuba.
Helen Muir, Born in Yonkers, New York, made a career of writing about Florida after moving to Miami in 1934. She was a columnist for the Universal Service syndicate from 1935 to 1938, and after marriage and motherhood continued writing for the Miami News and the Miami Herald until 1965..