The Collections page on Florida Memory is home to more than 475,000 digitized records from the State Library and Archives of Florida. In a recent search for Women’s History Month resources, we came across an interesting record in the World War I Service Cards:
Marjory Stoneman Douglas, perhaps best known as an environmentalist, served in the United States Navy from April 1917 to May 1918. Frank Bryant Stoneman, Marjory’s father and editor-in-chief of the Miami Herald, sent his daughter to cover the story of the first woman in Miami to enlist in the armed forces. As it turns out, Marjory arrived first and she became the first woman from Miami to enlist. Marjory later joined the Red Cross and traveled to Europe. Upon returning to the United States, she became an accomplished author and tireless proponent of environmental protection. Marjory Stoneman Douglas passed away in 1998 at the age of 108.