Members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

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…

Anna I. Rodriguez

(1957 - )
Inducted 2011

Anna I. Rodriguez 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…

Eugenie Clark, Ph.D.

(1922 - 2015 )
Inducted 2010

Eugenie Clark, Ph.D. of Sarasota is known worldwide as “The Shark Lady”. Genie loves sharks…and fish…and people in general. As an explorer…

Claudine Dianne Ryce

(1945 - 2009 )
Inducted 2010

Claudine Dianne Ryce formerly of Miami, was a well-known part of the missing children’s advocacy landscape in Florida. From the time…

Dara Grace Torres

(1967 - )
Inducted 2010

Dara Grace Torres of Coral Springs is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition…

Louise H. Courtelis

(1932 - )
Inducted 2009

Louise H. Courtelis of Micanopy is a successful international businesswoman, noted philanthropist and longtime supporter of higher education and veterinary care in Florida. Louise Courtelis was born…

Senator Gwen Margolis

(1934 - )
Inducted 2009

Senator Gwen Margolis of Miami is a longtime elected official whose historic achievements in office have paved the way for many other women. First elected to the Florida House of Representatives…

Betty Schlesinger Sembler

(1931 - )
Inducted 2009

Betty Schlesinger Sembler of Treasure Island has dedicated more than three decades to fighting the war on drugs, starting in 1976 when she and her husband Melvin Sembler became founding members of Straight, Inc., a nonprofit…

Justice Barbara J. Pariente

(1948 - )
Inducted 2008

Justice Barbara J. Pariente of West Palm Beach and Tallahassee is only the second woman to serve on Florida’s Supreme Court and as its Chief Justice from 2004-2006. Throughout a legal career…

Dr. Pallavi Patel

(1950 - )
Inducted 2008

Dr. Pallavi Patel of Tampa is a board-certified pediatrician, a philanthropist, and an outstanding citizen who has advanced the role of women around Florida and around the world. Born in India…

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

(1952 - )
Inducted 2008

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been recognized as a gifted leader and defender of human rights. Born in Havana, Cuba…

Maryly VanLeer Peck

(1930 - 2011 )
Inducted 2007

Maryly VanLeer Peck of Winter Haven and Palm Beach Gardens has influenced many lives as an educator, administrator and pioneer for women in science. With more than 45 years of experience…

The Honorable Peggy A. Quince

(1948 - )
Inducted 2007

The Honorable Peggy A. Quince of Tallahassee is the first Black female Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and only the third female Justice. She has the distinction…