Barbara Landstreet Frye

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Barbara Landstreet Frye, As the Capitol Bureau Chief for United Press International from 1944 to 1982, reported on Florida politics under 11 different governors.

Marilyn K. Smith

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Marilyn K. Smith, of Dade County, dedicated her life to enhancing the quality of Jewish life at the local, national and international levels. A native of Chicago, she attended the University of Miami.

Florence Barbara Seibert

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Florence Barbara Seibert, A biochemist who developed the skin test that identifies tuberculosis, Dr. Florence Barbara Seibert made a vital contribution to global health. Prevailing over polio that crippled her as a child, she graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, earned a doctorate from Yale University, and then did research at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

Arva Moore Parks

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Arva Moore Parks, A lifelong Miami resident, she graduated from the University of Florida in 1960 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Miami in 1971. She is the author of more than a half-dozen books on South Florida, including Miami, the Magic City.

Elizabeth McCullough Johnson

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Elizabeth McCullough Johnson was the first woman in the Florida Senate. She was elected in 1962, following four years in the House. Born in Pennsylvania, she graduated from Vassar College and moved to Orlando in 1934.

Elsie Jones Hare

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Elsie Jones Hare, During a 30-year teaching career in the Florida Panhandle, she was an exceptional source of inspiration for students who lived in rural poverty. An accomplished musician and writer, she was educated at Huntington College in Alabama.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Known worldwide as an early environmentalist, she is recognized for her advocacy of Florida’s unique Everglades. A Massachusetts native, she graduated from Wellesley College in 1912 and moved to Miami in 1915 with her father, who published the newspaper that became the Miami Herald.

Dorothy Dodd

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Dorothy Dodd, Born in Kentucky, she moved to Florida at age eight. She graduated from Florida State College for Women (now FSU) and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1925.

Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry

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Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, The first African-American woman elected to the Florida Legislature, was also Dade County’s first black female attorney. Born in Miami, she earned three degrees between 1946 and 1965, while mothering two children.

Rosemary Barkett

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Rosemary Barkett, Born in Mexico to Syrian parents, Barkett moved to Miami at age six, where she began school speaking no English. She entered a Catholic convent at 17 and served as a nun for eight years before leaving to continue her education.