Florida Women's Hall of Fame
Nineteen hundred and XXCIV
"to recognize women whose talents and efforts have made positive and valuable contributions to the quality of life in our state and who have provided inspiration to all people of the State of Florida."
Barbara Landstreet Frye, served as the United Press international Bureau chief in Tallahassee for 38 years and covered the activities of 11 governors, state government and the courts. She serves as the teacher of the fledgling newsmen who later could be found in newsrooms everywhere. Frye was also well known for her community work as an active member of the Capital Press Club, the Tiger Bay Club, the Junior League, a little theater group and the Statewide Citizens Council on Drug Abuse.
Zora Neale Hurtson, an outstanding novelist, journalist, anthropologist, folklorist, and critic, was between 1920 and 1950, the most prolific and noted Black woman writer in America. As a child, her mother always encouraged her to "jump at the sun," and although she might not land there, at least she would have gotten her feet off the ground. A native of Eatonville, Hurston is widely recognized as the intellectual and spiritual foremother of contemporary Black women writers.
Julia Tuttle (1849-1898) was born in Ohio, moved to Florida in 1891 as a widowed mother of two, and convinced Henry M. Flagler to bring the railroad to Miami. She acquired property north of the Miami Rover and worked successfully for the incorporation of the land as a city following Flagler's decision to extend the railroad south from West Palm Beach.
Roxcy Bolton, 58, of Coral Gables, founder of the Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, has long been an activist for women's rights in the Miami area. She had worked to institute a rehabilitation program for prostitutes, to create the Dade County Commission on the Status of Women and to establish the Women in Distress Program. She is also an organizing founder of Crime Watch.
Lena Smithers Hughs, 74, an Orlando citrus grower has been recognized for her pioneering efforts to improve Valencia orange strains as well as her financial aid to education. A former school teacher, she has her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wayne State. She has lived in Orlando since 1957. She has established horticultural scholarships at the University of Florida and at Florida Southern College.
Dr. Sybil Mobley, Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Among her most significant accomplishments is the development of Florida A&M's Leadership Program, whose students rank in the top 3%-5% nationally. Dr. Mobley also serves on nine boards of directors and as a Special Consultant to the United States Agency for International Development in several African countries.
Helen Muir, as a Miami author and librarian, has set an example of combining professional involvement at local, state, and national levels, which has contributed to progressive improvement in the quality of life in many areas for Floridians and others. Muir helped found the Miami Theatre Group and has written extensively about Miami and South Florida.
Dr. Gladys P. Solder, 54, of Jacksonville, a pediatrician, directs University Hospital Pediatrics Clinic with a personal commitment to the health of the economically deprived. She is a member of the Health Services Advisory Committee for Head Start and Parent-Child Centers and has been active as a member of the board for the Sickle Cell Foundation in Jacksonville.
Sponsored by Governor and Mrs. Bob Graham, Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Wayne Mixson, and the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. September 18, 1984
This public document was promulgated at a cost of $543.00 for printing and $802.41 for art production, or $1.15 per copy. Its purpose is to announce the 1984 inductees of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame, Commission on the Status of Women.
State Library of Florida: Florida Collection, BR0200
Poster describing the Florida Women's Hall of Fame, Governor and Mrs. Bob Graham, Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Wayne Mixson, and the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. The poster identifies the 1984 inductees, including Barbara Landstreet Frye, Zora Neale Hurston, Julia Tuttle, Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, Lena Smithers Hughes, Sybil Mobley, Helen Muir, and Gladys P. Soler.