Welcome to the website of the Commission. We are a non-partisan body with a focus on raising awareness and celebrating the contributions and successes of all Floridians, along with providing a collaborate platform for those seeking information on issues that affect women, girls and their families in our state.
Our goal is to provide communication, promotion, and collaboration among the hundreds of organizations working in all 67 counties that are focused on the welfare of the women of Florida. We are all interested in improving the well-being of Florida women and girls – and by extension, all Floridians. In doing so, we strive to be a resource for lawmakers, businesses, and residents so they have a better understanding of these important issues.
Congratulations to the
2018 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Ten Finalists!
The ten finalists for the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame chosen by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women have been announced and sent to Governor Rick Scott who will soon select the 2018 inductees: They are: Doris Mae Barnes, formerly of Miami Beach; Dr. Judith Ann Bense of Pensacola; Jane Castor of Tampa; Byrd Spilman Dewey formerly of Boynton Beach; Adela Gonzmart formerly of Ybor City; Pam Iorio of Tampa; Lee Bird Leavengood of Tampa; Janet E. Petro of Indian Harbour Beach; Patricia Ann Seitz of Miami; and Geraldine Twine of Tampa. Read more here.
Commission Releases 2017 Annual Report
Congratulations to the 2017 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women inducted the state’s 100th member into Florida Women’s Hall of Fame at a distinguished ceremony in Orlando as a part of the Future of Florida Forum. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Hall of Fame honored 2017 inductees Mary Lou Baker (Pinellas County), Kathleen “Scotty” Culp (Satellite Beach), and Katherine Fernandez Rundle (Miami-Dade County) for their significant contributions to the citizens of Florida.
“Our partnership with the Chamber Foundation, for the first time this year, is strong evidence of our belief in the critical importance of collaboration to further advance, recognize and celebrate the important work being accomplished by the citizens of our state,” said Commission Chair Patti W. Hamilton. “It is an important turning point in the Women’s Hall of Fame program as we celebrate our 35th year.”
The ceremony included an evening of honor with remarks from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis; and Commissioners from the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Video greetings were given by Women’s Hall of Fame member Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Joined by their family and friends, inductees were celebrated with commemorative videos and remarks about the legacy of accomplishments and the contributions they made to the lives of people across Florida.
This year’s inductees will join current members on the walls of the Florida Capitol. Visitors can view all of the Hall of Fame members immortalized on plaques in the Capitol Rotunda or on the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame website.
Click here to view and download event photos.
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) proudly announces the launch of its new online resource directory.The directory currently includes more than 250 listings of organizations vital to improving the status of women and families in Florida.The Florida Women’s Resource On-line Directory is a way to fill this information gap and to connect groups and organizations vital to improving the status of women and families in Florida.