Tallahassee, FL (October 7, 2015) — Governor Rick Scott will soon select the 2016 inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame from the list of ten finalists chosen by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. The Governor will select up to three women for induction into the Hall of Fame, which recognizes and honors women who, through their works and lives, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and for all citizens of the state of Florida. The Commission has determined that the following nominees exemplify the great diversity of women’s contributions to Florida life:
- Mary Lou Baker formerly of Clearwater
- Carol Jenkins Barnett of Lakeland
- Dr. Judith Ann Bense of Pensacola
- Jeanne Bochette of Ft. Myers
- Lauren Book, M.S. Ed, of Aventura
- Helen Aguirre Ferré of Miami Shores
- Clara Floyd Gehan formerly of Gainesville
- Pam Iorio of Tampa
- Elmira Leto of Key West
- Frances “Dolly” MacIntyre of Coral Gables.
“The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is proud to honor these outstanding women who mean so much to our state and our history,” said Commission Chair Yvonne Fry. “Each year it is more difficult to choose ten finalists to send to the Governor because of the many superb nominations we receive,” adds Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Chair, Elizabeth Pines.
This year marks the thirty-fourth year of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. The Commission accepts nominations for the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame each year from April 1 — July 15. This year’s inductees will be honored at a ceremony on January 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Capitol Building, 22nd Floor in Tallahassee.
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan board, statutorily created in 1991 consisting of 22 appointed members, administratively housed in the Office of the Attorney General, Pam Bondi.
Learn more about the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame here.