Women in Florida History Resources

I would like to take a break from my normal posts which so far have covered fantastic women in Florida history. Up to this point, this blog has focused on stories of women who have made this great state what it is today, and who were the epitome of activistism for Women, the environment, and Native Americans.

However, today I wanted to take the time to point out a few resources I have found that will help an educator bring Women into the classroom, and in particular Women of Florida’s History.

1) The Florida Historic Society produces a weekly radio magazine what can be listened to completely free.  The podcasts can be found here

This site features an excellent lesson plan covering four Women who have impacted the State of Florida and streaming videos on all four women.

Here is a list of the shows that feature Florida women:

#3 – Maya Angelou and N.Y. Nathiri on Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home and The Eatonville Quilters

#4 – Rossetter House (Carrie Rossetter)

#8 – Forgotten Florida Women

#9 – F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald in Florida

#13 – Sandra Thurlow “Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge”

#38 – Betty Mae Jumper

#45 – 21st Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival

#51 – Two Generations of Gifford Women

#52 – Weeki Wachee Mermaids

#57 – Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

#60 – Miami’s Female Real Estate Broker, 1940’s

#64 – Florida Women in the Civil War

#69 – Remembering Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

#75 –  Marjory and Marjorie on the Natural Florida

#78 –  “Female Florida: Historic Women in Their Own Words”

#79 –  22nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival

2) Florida Women’s Hall of Fame is an excellent site that houses information on past and current Women that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. A downloadable PDF    packet of all the Women inductees so far can be found here

We have covered:

Ivy Stranahan … pg 53.

Jacqueline Cochran … pg 63.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas … pg 70.

Elizabeth McCullough Johnson   . . . 72.

Roxcy O’Neal Bolton    . . . 79.

Zora Neale Hurston    . . . 82.

Mary McLeod Bethune    . . . 87.

3) Museum of Florida History: Voices of Florida Women Exhibit. Though this site is an introduction to the physical artifacts that make up the Women’s Exhibit in the Florida History Museum, it does provide a short overview of each of the women in the exhibit. Without having to travel to the museum, students can be introduced to women who were activist, educators, painters, and philanthropist throughout Florida’s history.

The Roxcy Bolton Collection 

Majory Stoneman Douglas: Environmental Activist 

4) The Florida Memory Project is one of my favorite websites. There is simply a plethora of information relating to all aspect of Florida History. The site features primary documents including photographs and original letters and different “exhibits” that highlight Women’s history in Florida.

Be sure to check out the following,  but take some time and explore the whole site!

Women’s History Month, Classroom exhibits 

Videos, including Weeki Wachee Springs, Angela Davis and more! 

History and cultural significance of Seminole doll making


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