Women's History Month

Resources From the State Library and Archives of Florida

In 1971, the United States Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in commemoration of the 51st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The designation commended women and women’s organizations, the historic triumph of women’s suffrage, and reminded the nation of the continued fight for equal rights.

President Jimmy Carter declared the first National Women’s History Week in March 1980. The President’s declaration came in response to efforts by communities, local school districts, and universities around the nation to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women in American history. These local efforts culminated in 1987 with the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing March as Women’s History Month.

Explore the contributions of women in Florida’s history

Educational Units
Photographic Collection and Photo Exhibits
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    This page provides a compilation of the known Zora Neale Hurston sound recordings created while she worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s.
  • Angela Davis
    Civil rights leader Angela Davis speaks at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University's (FAMU) Black History Month convocation.
  • Bethune-Cookman College: A Rock in a Weary Land
    This film provides an overview of the college and its individual departments, including the founding of the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls by Mary McLeod Bethune.
  • Betty Skelton Day
    includes footage of U.S. Feminine Aerobatic Stunt Flying Champion Betty Skelton in Tampa, Florida.
  • Bicentennial Bethune
    This film provides a brief summary of the life and achievements of Mary McLeod Bethune. It includes still images of the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls, Bethune-Cookman College and the Mary McLeod Bethune home.
  • Care and Feeding of a Mermaid
    shows how young women learned to perform as mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs.
  • Senator Beth Johnson
    comments on a land acquisition amendment to the Florida Constitution designed to dedicate land for recreation and water conservation purposes.
  • Their Game is Golf
    provides a brief overview of the history of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and some of the top female golf professionals.
Exhibits and Documents
  • Kingsley Papers
    Kingsley was a wealthy planter and slave owner in Northeast Florida during the early 19th century. This collection contains documents relevant to the Kingsley plantation and estate. Kingsley’s heirs included his wife and former slave Anna M.J. Kingsley and their children.
  • Pension Applications
    These records represent pension applications submitted by Confederate veterans and their dependents to the State of Florida. The first Confederate pensions in Florida were authorized in 1885 and granted successful applicants $5.00 per month. The pension records below came from the widows of Confederate veterans.
  • World War I Service Cards
    This searchable database provides access to digital copies of enlistment cards for men and women from Florida, or residing in Florida at the time of their service in World War I. The examples below are for servicewomen.

Additional Resources at the State Library and Archives

The State Library and Archives of Florida is located on the second floor of the R.A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida, two blocks west of the State Capitol. Our public research facilities are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The State Library and Archives is closed Saturdays, Sundays and on state holidays.

Researchers are encouraged to check with the State Library and Archives to verify operating hours and records availability prior to visiting. Directions are available in an online map.

Additional Resources at Your Library

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