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Florida. Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.
18.00 cubic ft.
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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.
The Commission was active in projects such as ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; the International Women's Year (1975); the Talent Bank (a source referral for employment/ appointment of women to high level positions); and the establishment of local commissions to aid women throughout the state.
In 1991 the Legislature established the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in its current form within the Office of the Attorney General in the Department of Legal Affairs (Chapter 91-77, Laws of Florida; Section 14.24, Florida Statutes).
This series consists of correspondence, subject and reference files, meeting files, publications, and audiotapes and videotapes documenting the Commission's interests and activities in numerous areas of interest to women. Among the topics covered by the records are women's legal rights, Equal Rights Amendment, education, housing, marriage and family, children's rights, maternity benefits, women in sports, welfare, aging, abortion, rape, battered women, displaced homemakers, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action programs, and sex-role stereotyping.
A file folder listing is available for Boxes 1-18; a box listing is available for Boxes 19.
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Series S1741, S1742, and S1743 contain records of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, the successor agency to the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women.
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Equal rights amendments. International Women's Year, 1975 Florida Women's rights Florida Affirmative action programs Florida Civil rights Florida Minorities Florida Women History 20th century Florida Women's health services Florida Abortion Florida Aged Services for Florida Housing Florida Education Florida Discrimination Florida Abused women Florida Discrimination in employment Florida Sex discrimination against women Florida Family Florida Marriage Florida Rape Florida Women Social conditions and status Florida Equal employment opportunity.
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