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Voices of Florida Women

Voices of Florida Women uses artifacts from the permanent collections of the Museum to tell the stories of Florida women.

When interpreting Florida's past, the Museum considers people as they shape and react to social, economic, and cultural influences within our society. Women have made innumerable contributions to Florida's communities, families, history, and culture. The exhibit features artifacts selected from the permanent collections of the Museum that highlight women from various backgrounds. Objects in the exhibit interpret their everyday lives, beliefs, and vocations. Whether fighting for equal rights or creating beautiful artwork, these Florida women have made a positive difference in their communities and they inspire us to do the same.

Voices of Florida Women is a well-blended combination of artifacts, photographs, interpretive panels, creative designs, and interactive components. The exhibit contains over 130 artifacts from the Museum's collection to interpret the lives and achievements of sixty Florida women. It includes artwork such as paintings and drawings, but also crafts like Seminole dolls, baskets, and clothing, an African American quilt and baskets, and other works from a variety of cultures. An important function of the exhibit is to educate the public about the strength, leadership, and creativity of Florida women. The exhibit opened at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, Florida, on November 19, 2009, and extended through April 5, 2010.


Education


Sports

Frances Griscom
Frances Griscom

golfer and hunter


Artists and Tradition Bearers

Eileen Brautman
Eileen Brautman

Jewish artist

Mary Mehas Burruss
Mary Mehas Burruss

Greek traditional artist

Sally Buster
Sally Buster

Seminole doll maker

Mary Ann Carroll
Mary Ann Carroll

Highwayman artist

Lucreaty Clark
Lucreaty Clark

African American basket maker

Maryelen Evans
Maryelen Evans

Greek traditional artist

Victoria Grimm
Victoria Grimm

Mexican piƱata artist

Margaret Horvath
Margaret Horvath

Hungarian textile artist

Mary Frances Johns
Mary Frances Johns

Seminole traditional artist

Sallie Jones
Sallie Jones

African American quilt artist

Kazuko Law
Kazuko Law

Japanese traditional artist

Jane Tiger Motlow
Jane Tiger Motlow

Seminole textile artist

Maggie Osceola
Maggie Osceola

Seminole doll maker

Connie Palmer
Connie Palmer

Creek basket maker

Ethel Santiago
Ethel Santiago

Seminole traditional artist

Catalina Delgado Trunk
Catalina Delgado Trunk

Mexican cut paper (papel picado) artist


At Work

Suzanne Dobby
Suzanne Dobby

Pan Am flight attendant

Viva J. Cooke and Julia May Sampley
Viva J. Cooke and Julia May Sampley

teachers of palmetto weaving

Olie Brown McCarty
Olie Brown McCarty

businesswoman

Lilly Pulitzer
Lilly Pulitzer

fashion designer


Activists

Roxcy O'Neal Bolton
Roxcy O'Neal Bolton

women's rights activist

Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

environmental activist

Patricia Stephens Due
Patricia Stephens Due

civil rights activist

May Mann Jennings
May Mann Jennings

environmental activist

Luella Pugh Knott
Luella Pugh Knott

temperance activist

Louise Love
Louise Love

women's club activist


At Home


In the Community

Mary Call Darby Collins
Mary Call Darby Collins

historic preservationist

Ruby Diamond
Ruby Diamond

philanthropist

Frances Miller
Frances Miller

Girl Scout Leader


Military Service and Wartime

Louise Roberts Bevis
Louise Roberts Bevis

World War I Naval Reserve

Rhoda Elizabeth Waller Kilcrease
Rhoda Elizabeth Waller Kilcrease

sponsor of the Civil War Kilcrease Light Artillery Unit

Frances Langford
Frances Langford

World War II-era singer and actress

Sara May Love
Sara May Love

World War II volunteer

Edith Toffaletti
Lt. Col. Edith Toffaletti

Air Force officer