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Tara Evans , Executive Producer. Many women are already well-known for their accomplishments, but there are some you may not have heard of. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but includes some of those ladies. Originally born in Ohio, Tuttle bought several hundred acres of land near the Miami River when her husband died in She believed the area could make a great city, but knew it needed to be accessible in order to do so. She met with railroader Henry Flagler and convinced him to extend his railroad south to Miami in exchange for land. Miami was officially incorporated as a city in July , just a few months after the first train arrived there.
Dessie Smith Prescott is Florida pioneer known for being not only the first professional female guide in the Sunshine State, but also the first d female pilot. She was the first Seminole to earn a high school degree. She was also a nurse for the Seminole Nation, as well as the founder and editor of the newspaper Seminole Tribune. Jumper spent much of her life advocating for Native American culture and history, even being appointed by President Richard Nixon to the National Congress on Indian Opportunity in In , she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her work and dedication on behalf of the Seminole people.
Cherry was first a teacher, then attorney and then became the first Black woman elected to the Florida legislature. Cherry also fought to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Not only was Dr. Charlotte E. Maguire the only woman in her class at medical school, she was the first woman to open a pediatrics clinic in Orlando in Maguire is also known for giving back to the community, having donated millions for medical education. Polita Grau , born Maria Leopoldina Grau, became the first lady of Cuba when her bachelor uncle was president.
She was a longtime political activist, most notably opposing the Castro regime. With her brother and a few others, she organized Operation Pedro Pan in the s to help thousands of Cuban children flee the island. Grau also became a political prisoner, serving 14 years of a year prison term, accused of spying for the CIA. She later moved to Miami, where she died at 96 years old.
White learned her humanitarian ways from her altruistic mother. She went on to teach for more than a dozen years, owned several businesses, accumulating a ificant amount of wealth for the time, though she donated nearly all of it to her humanitarian efforts.
Those included establishing an orphanage and a home for unwed mothers. White is also known for starting the Clara White Mission to serve the homeless and those in need in Jacksonville, running a prison mission and the Eartha M. White Nursing Home for elderly African-Americans. NOW focuses on issues including equality, reproductive rights and ending violence against women, among others. She fought for making rape crimes a priority and also persuaded the National Weather Service to stop naming hurricanes solely after women.
Marjorie Harris Carr is a nationally recognized environmentalist who founded the Florida Defenders of the Environment in She also was instrumental in stopping the construction of the Cross Florida Barge Canal to preserve the Ocklawaha River and avoiding environmental damage in the area. One of her biggest focuses was on education and in , she worked to pass a bond program to establish the University of Central Florida, an achievement she considered one of her most important.
She was also a member of the League of Women Voters. Tara Evans is an executive producer and has been with News 6 since January She currently spearhe News 6 at Nine and specializes in stories with messages of inspiration, hope and that make a difference for people -- with a few hard-hitting investigations thrown in from time to time. Local News. Published: March 1, am Updated: March 1, am. Related Stories.Women of florida
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