This is July 31st 2016 and Floridian Women
still do not have the protection from the ERA!
A Glass Ceiling in Florida
seems to be made of
A few women in recordings since
1893 have touched it
however it just seems to
moves up higher.
Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio all had the chance, Rubio had the chance twice,
to bring the Women’s Rights Bill (ERA) to the floor for a vote
decided that it was not important enough yet,
Senator Marco Rubio even states this on a TV Station!
Before Hillary Clinton: Women in Florida politics
By Dinah Voyles Pulver, email@example.com
Woman’s Suffrage locally and in Florida
1893 Florida Woman Suffrage Association organized
1912 – A group of women in Orlando attempt to register to vote on a sewerage bond election
1913 – A group of women in Lake Helen form the Political Equality Club
1916 – 16 affiliated suffragette leagues around the state, including in Lake Helen and Orange City
1918 – Suffrage movement makes gains in the annual legislative session with local bills making women eligible for municipal suffrage in DeLand, Daytona Beach and Orange City
– Statewide suffragette convention takes place in Daytona Beach
1919 – State Rep. Murray Sams of Volusia County said he was “unconditionally and unqualifiedly opposed to woman’s suffrage and everything that promotes it. He said it was “as impossible for women to be equals of men in determining questions involving suffrage as it was for them to be their equals physically.”
June 1920 – Federal woman suffrage amendment submitted to the states, but Florida Governor Sidney Johnson Catts refuses to call a special session
August 1920 – 19th Amendment declared part of the US Constitution, Florida officials say it invalidates existing state laws and allow women to vote in the general election
1928 – Mamie Eaton Green of Monticello elected to state Railroad Commission, the first woman elected to statewide office
1929 – Edna Giles Fuller of Orlando becomes first woman to serve in Florida Legislature, elected to House of Representatives
1962 – Beth Johnson is first woman elected to Florida State Senate
1969 – The state of Florida finally ratifies the 19th amendment
1972 – Paula Hawkins becomes first woman elected to statewide office, by winning seat on Public Service Commission
1980 – Hawkins becomes Florida’s first — and so far only — female U.S. Senator.
1986 – Betty Castor becomes first elected female Cabinet member after winning the race for Education Commissioner
2003 – Toni Jennings becomes Florida’s first female Lt. Governor
Source: “The Woman Suffrage Movement in Florida,” by A. Elizabeth Taylor in the July 1957 Florida Historical Quarterly; State Archives of Florida and Visit Florida.