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Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 
Question/Topic: I am doing a report for my gifted class on women in the 1940's. I would like to know where I might find a list of prominent FL women of the 1940's. Specifically, in government, medicine, business, etc. Thank you. 
Answer/Pointer: I am listing some prominent Florida women of the forties below. You may be able to obtain additional information on some of them in the Florida collection at the State Library or at the State Archives. Your local library may have some information. Some of these women were prominent for many decades, including the 1940s. Dorothy Dodd was the state's first Archivist in 1941. The Dorothy Dodd room at the State Library is named for her. Rebecca Bowles Marks was the first woman assistant attorney general (Tallahassee Democrat, October 5, 1948) Dr. Elsie Marie Gilbert was the first woman physician in Florida. She started practice in 1909 and continued for 50 years. Mary Marguerite Baldree became Florida's first elected woman sheriff (Sumter County) in 1945. Miss Mae Campbell became the first woman state motor vehicle commissioner in 1947. Ellen K. Whiteside was appointed by the governor in 1941 the Welfare Board and in 1947 to the Children's Commission. Jessie Ball DuPont was appointed by the governor in 1949 to the Board of Control. Mary Roberts was appointed by the governor in 1949 to the Welfare Board. Zora Neale Hurston, author, folklorist and anthropologist. Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and founder of Bethune-Cookman College. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author and environmentalist. Elizabeth Virrick, slum fighter, civic activist. Edna Pearce Lockett, educator, rancher, legislator. Helen Muir, journalist and author. Thelma Peterson Peters, historian. Dena Snodgrass, educator, historian, executive. Janet Wood Reno, journalist, mother of attorney general Janet Reno. Jacqueline Cochran, aviatrix, commanded Women's Army Corps in World War II. Kathryn Abbey Hanna, author, historian, educator. Barbara Frye, bureau chief in Tallahassee for UPI; covered 11 Florida governors' administrations over 35 years. Marjorie Carr, environmentalist Mary Lou Baker, legislator Eartha Mary Magdalene White, humanitarian and philanthropist Frances Langford, actress and singer Here are titles of several books located in the Florida Collection that you may want to consult to locate other prominent 1940s women. If your local library does not carry them, you may be able to obtain them on interlibrary loan. Gainesville Women of Vision by Gussie Rudderman (Gainesville, 1980) Florida Women's Hall of Fame Awards (call no. Fla 920.72 F636) Julia's Daughters: Women in Dade's History by Marie Anderson (Miami: Herstory of Florida, 1980) Who's Who and Why of Successful Florida Women (Winter Park: Currier Davis, 1985) 12 Black Floridians by Leedell W. Neyland FAMU Foundation, 1970) Fifty-Five Famous Floridians by Rodney F. Allen (Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing, 1985) The Women of Florida Volume I & II by Lucy Worthington Blackman (Southern Historical Publishing, 1940) Florida Biographical Dictionary (New York: Somerset Publishers, 1995) Floridians All by George S. Fichter (Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 1991) Florida Women of Distinction V. 1, V. 5 by Eloise N. Cozens (Coranado Publishing, 1956) The Story of "Florida's Wonderful First Ladies" and the dolls representing them (a project of the Tampa Doll Club) by Lucile Clay (Call no. Fla 920 C619) The Junior League of Tallahassee did an oral history project which includes several prominent women. The information and tapes are in the State Archives. The call number is M77-164. I'm sending you a print-out by regular mail of the complete record showing names of people interviewed. 
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