Members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

Chris Evert

(1954 - )
Inducted 2000

Chris Evert, A native Floridian, champion tennis player Chris Evert trained in Ft. Lauderdale under the watchful eye of her father. As ‘America’s Sweetheart’…

Paula Fickes Hawkins

(1927 - 2009 )
Inducted 2000

Paula Fickes Hawkins, The ‘Maitland Housewife’-a label she proudly wore as a representative of the average citizen-Senator Paula Hawkins was elected to the Florida Public Service Commission in 1972. In 1980…

MG Marianne Mathewson- Chapman, Ph.D.

(1948 - )
Inducted 2000

MG Marianne Mathewson- Chapman, Ph.D., was the first woman in the Army National Guard to be promoted to the rank of Major General….

Althea Gibson

(1927- 2003 )
Inducted 1999

Althea Gibson, was the first African-American woman to achieve major athletic fame, and the world’s first woman of color to compete and win, at England’s Wimbledon. She was named Woman Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in 1957. In 1958…

Sister Jeanne O’ Laughlin, OP, Ph.D.

(1929- )
Inducted 1999

Under the leadership of Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, Barry University-the state’s only women-founded institution-advanced from a small college to a thriving university. A native of Michigan,…

Dessie Smith Prescott

(1906 - 2002 )
Inducted 1999

Dessie Smith Prescott, A Florida pioneer who was born in the backwoods of Alachua County. Left an orphan when her widowed mother died in the great flu epidemic of 1918…

Helen Gordon Davis

(1926 - 2015 )
Inducted 1998

Helen Gordon Davis, A legislator for almost two decades, Helen Gordon Davis championed the civil rights of the disenfranchised, particularly women and minorities. Born in New York City…

Mattie Belle Davis

(1910 - 2004 )
Inducted 1998

Judge Mattie Belle Davis was the first woman in Florida and the second woman nationally to be elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Born in Ellabell, Georgia,…

Christine Fulwylie-Bankston

(1916 - 1998 )
Inducted 1998

Christine Fulwylie- Bankston, A renowned poet concerned for societal ills, Christine Fulwylie-Bankston established her own printing press to publish her work on women and children. Born in Paducah, Kentucky…

Alicia Baro

(1918 - 2012 )
Inducted 1997

Alicia Baro, has dedicated her life to ensuring the rights of Hispanics, women, and other minorities in political representation, education and employment. Born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico…

Carita Doggett Corse

(1897 - 1978 )
Inducted 1997

Carita Doggett Corse, From its inception in 1935 through 1942, Carita Doggett Corse served as the Florida director of the Federal Writers’ Project, where she vigorously advocated African-American participation in the collection and writing of Florida History…

M. Athalie Range

(1916 - 2006)
Inducted 1997

M. Athalie Range, A widowed mother of four small children, M. Athalie Range served as a president of local and county Parent Teacher Associations for 16 years, where she promoted equal rights in education for minorities. Born in Key West…

Marjorie Harris Carr

(1915- 1997)
Inducted 1996

Marjorie Harris Carr, A nationally recognized environmentalist of Alachua County, founded the Florida Defenders of the Environment…

Betty Castor

(1941- )
Inducted 1996

Betty Castor, was the first woman elected to the Florida Cabinet and the first President Pro Tempore of the Florida Senate…

Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan

(1881- 1971 )
Inducted 1996

Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan, pioneered in the Fort Lauderdale area at the turn of the century, where she taught Seminole Indians…