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Record Group Number: 000650
Series/Collection Number: .S 1790
Creator: Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
Title, Dates: Florida Women's Hall of Fame nomination files, 1992-2008.
Amount: 21.25 cubic ft.
Medium Included:
Organization/Arrangement: Chronological by year, then alphabetical by last name of nominee.
Restrictions: Restricted:  Social Security Numbers present in these records are exempt from public disclosure per s. 119.071(5), F.S.

Terms Governing Use: Archives staff will review records prior to providing them to researchers and will provide researchers with redacted copies of any records containing Social Security Numbers.
Biographical/Historical:     In 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Commission on the Status of Women, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, resulting in recommendations that each state establish such a commission. Governor Farris Bryant's 1964 Executive Order established Florida's first Commission on the Status of Women, charged with identifying and increasing public awareness of the needs and concerns of Florida women.
    The Commission existed in name only until activated by Governor Reubin Askew's Executive Order in 1972.  The 1974 Legislature granted funding to establish an office and pay a full-time Executive Director as a member of the Governor's staff.  However, by 1978, the Commission's budget had been largely absorbed by other entities. Governor Bob Graham's Executive Order 79-60 re-activated the Commission on July 31, 1979, and Graham continued to support the work of the Commission during his administration.
    In 1991 the Legislature established the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in its current form (Chapter 91-77, Laws of Florida; Section 14.24, Florida Statutes).  Since that time, the Commission has been fully supported by Florida's Governor, Cabinet, and Legislature.  Placed administratively in the Office of the Attorney General, the 22-member Commission is mandated to study issues affecting women and make recommendations to the Governor, Cabinet, and Legislature regarding such issues as socio-economic factors influencing the status of women; encouraging women to assume leadership roles; coordinating efforts of organizations interested in the welfare of women; identifying and recognizing achievements and contributions of women at the local, state, and national levels; and implementing recommendations to improve working conditions, financial security, and legal status of both sexes.
    The Florida Women's Hall of Fame began in 1982 under the aegis of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, a body that was appointed by Governor Bob Graham.  A total of 27 women were selected as members of the Hall of Fame in 1982, 1984 and 1986, but the Hall fell dormant when Governor Graham left office.  In 1992, the legislature passed a bill proposed by Governor Lawton Chiles that created a permanent Florida Women's Hall of Fame.  According to Ch. 92-48, Laws of Florida, it was the Legislature's intent "to recognize and honor those women who, through their works and lives, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and for all citizens of Florida."  The legislation mandated the inclusion of the women who had been honored in the previous decade.  The project became a function of the Commission.
Summary:     The series documents the nomination and selection process of candidates for the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame nominees represent individuals from all ethnic backgrounds: African-American, Anglo-Americans, Cuban Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Caribbean Americans to name a few; various religious denominations; professional women, such as doctors, lawyers, politicians and teachers; as well as, social, environmental and political activists.  The series contains nomination forms, correspondence, letters of recommendation, memos, biographies, news clippings and press releases that pertain to each nominee.  It also contains correspondence between Commission members, and between Commission members and Government officers, regarding the selection of the winners and the induction ceremonies.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Attorney General.
Governor, Office of the.
Women, Commission on the Status of.
Women's Hall of Fame
African American women.
Anglo-Americans
Caribbean Americans Florida
Cuban Americans.
Hispanic Americans Florida
Women Florida
Women Awards
Women artists Florida
Women in medicine Florida
Women lawyers Florida
Women legislators Florida
Women political activists Florida
Women teachers Florida
Women's rights Florida
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Clippings. aat
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Invitations. aat
Letters. aat
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Programs. aat
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Added Entries Florida Women's Hall of Fame