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Women's History in Florida

This guide from the State Library of Florida explores women’s history in Florida.

Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan or from our circulating collection.

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our State Library catalog or to more information on external sites.

Books and publications 


  • Bryant, Jean Gould. "From the Margins to the Center: Southern Women's Activism, 1820-1970." The Florida Historical Quarterly 77.4 (1999): 405-28.

  • Carver, Joan S. “First League of Women Voters in Florida: Its Troubled History.” Florida Historical Quarterly 63.4 (1985): 383–405. 

  • Cox, Nicole C. “Selling Seduction: Women and Feminine Nature in 1920s Florida Advertising.” Florida Historical Quarterly 89.2 (2010): 186–209.
  • Ellis, Mary Carolyn, and Joanne V. Hawks. “Creating a Different Pattern: Florida’s Women Legislators, 1928-1986.” Florida Historical Quarterly 66.1 (1987): 68–83. 
  • Johnson, Kenneth R. “Florida Women Get the Vote.” Florida Historical Quarterly 48.3 (1970): 299–312.
  • Jones, Maxine D. ‘"Without Compromise or Fear": Florida's African American Female Activists.’ The Florida Historical Quarterly 77.4 (1999): 475-502.
  • McCluskey, Audrey Thomas. "Ringing Up a School: Mary Mcleod Bethune's Impact on Daytona." The Florida Historical Quarterly 73.2 (1994): 200-17.
  • Turcotte, Florence M. “For This Is an Enchanted Land: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the Florida Environment.” Florida Historical Quarterly 90.4 (2012): 488–504. 

Digital resources 

For FY2023-24, the percentage of total costs for the State Library and Statewide Resource Sharing program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $1,502,070. Local match, which includes non-governmental funding, is $742,070.31.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.