Members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

Carol Jenkins Barnett

(1956 - )
Inducted 2016

Carol Jenkins Barnett of Lakeland has worked her entire life to make a difference for all of Florida’s children, giving thousands of children a better opportunity…

Helen Aguirre Ferré

(1957 - )
Inducted 2016

Helen Aguirre Ferré of Miami Shores is an award-winning bilingual journalist and communications consultant. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University and…

Elmira Louise Leto

(1949 - )
Inducted 2016

Elmira L. Leto of Key West is the founder and CEO of Samuel’s House, Inc., the umbrella agency of two permanent supportive housing units…

Mary Lee Nunally Farrior
Mary Lee Nunnally Farrior

(1937 - )
Inducted 2015

Mary Lee Nunnally Farrior of Tampa has a commitment to improving the lives of Florida’s children that spans 55 years. Upon moving to Tampa in 1958, she began reading to underprivileged children. She continued to…

Evelyn C. Keiser
Evelyn C. Keiser

(1924 - )
Inducted 2015

Evelyn C. Keiser of Fort Lauderdale co-founded the Keiser School in 1977 with Dr. Arthur Keiser. She fondly recalls the first day the school opened. Her first and only student at that time arrived late and feared that…

Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D.
Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D.

(1918 - 2014)
Inducted 2015

Charlotte E. Maguire, M.D. earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in 1944, when women were not just an anomaly in medicine – they were unwelcome. Medical schools…

Sheriff Susan Benton
Sheriff Susan Benton

(1949 - )
Inducted 2014

Sheriff Susan Benton of Sebring is the first female sheriff elected in a general election in the history of the state of Florida and is currently serving her third term…

Louise Jones Gopher
Louise Jones Gopher

(1945 – 2016 )
Inducted 2014

Louise Jones Gopher of the Brighton Indian Reservation in Okeechobee was the first female member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida to earn a college degree,…

Dottie Berger MacKinnon
Dottie Berger MacKinnon

(1942 – 2013)
Inducted 2014

Dottie Berger MacKinnon, formerly of Tampa, was a tireless advocate for women and has left her footprint throughout the Bay area…

Clara C. Frye
Clara C. Frye

(1872 - 1936)
Inducted 2013

Clara C. Frye, formerly of Tampa, was trained in nursing care in Alabama and moved to Tampa in 1901. She had heard many stories about the high volume of black…

Aleene Pridgen Kidd MacKenzie
Aleene Pridgen Kidd MacKenzie

(1921 - 2013)
Inducted 2013

Aleene Pridgen Kidd MacKenzie of Miami paved the way for women, young and old, to have a different life than their mothers before them. After moving to Ocala in…

Lillie Pierce Voss
Lillie Pierce Voss

(1876 - 1967)
Inducted 2013

Lillie Pierce Voss, formerly of Hypoluxo, was the first non-Native American child born between Jupiter and Miami. As a child she learned to interact with the local…

Elizabeth “Budd” Bell

(1915 - 2009)
Inducted 2012

Elizabeth “Budd” Bell, formerly of Tallahassee, served for 77 years as a passionate advocate of children and women, the elderly, the mentally ill, and the disadvantaged. She pioneered…

Vicki Bryant Burke

(1953 - )
Inducted 2012

Vicki Bryant Burke of Jacksonville graduated from the University of South Carolina and moved to Florida in 1978. She began working as a counselor with adolescent males and females in a juvenile justice day treatment program. Through her…

Mary Brennan Karl

(1890 - 1948 )
Inducted 2011

Mary Brennan Karl of Daytona Beach, was a strong, innovative and accomplished woman who overcame the existing male oriented cultural barriers of her day. Beginning with…