Tallahassee, FL (December 30, 2015) — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women announced the winners of their first Women’s History Essay Contest 2015 in two categories: 6-7 grades and 8-9 grades. In the 6-7 grade category, first place was awarded to Michael Gold of Pembroke Pines, second place was awarded to Grace Stanley of Pensacola, and third place was awarded to Qiara King of Hollywood. In the 8-9 grade category, first place was awarded to Jaclyn Siu of Miramar, second place was awarded to Heaven Porter of Blountstown, and third place was awarded to Dasia Hall of Coral Springs. Students participated in order to gain a more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history, and engage young minds of women’s role in the future. Winning essayists will be awarded prizes and recognized at a special ceremony at the 3rd Annual Florida Women’s Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee on January 28, 2016.
Since its inception in 1982, the Hall of Fame has recognized and honored Florida women who, through their lives and work, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for all citizens of the state. Currently, there are 94 members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, including former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, singer Gloria Estefan, internationally-honored tennis athletes Chris Evert and Althea Gibson, Pilot Betty Skelton Frankman, Bethune-Cookman College founder Mary McLeod Bethune, Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carrie Meek, Tillie Fowler and Ruth Bryan Owen, Florida Trend Publisher Lynda Keever, and Everglades advocate and suffragist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“This essay contest is designed for youngsters to bring the future into the present and design the improvements they want to see in Florida through women. It is an opportunity to envision equality, and celebrate women’s history by learning the stories of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices and commitments. It also lends itself for our youth to dream of a better Florida in terms of women equality” says Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Chair Commissioner Elizabeth Pines.
Learn more about the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame here.