By Doris Weatherford
“Well-crafted and in-depth, They Dared to Dream has moved ladies, their stories, and their contributions to the vanguard of Florida’s historical past and history. it is a long-overdue and much-needed turning element in realizing our state’s previous and present.”—Canter Brown Jr., coeditor of The different types of Women’s Experiences
“Represents a step forward within the examine of Florida heritage. Weatherford has performed an exceptional task of getting to know and writing approximately Florida girls, from paupers to queens, raising their prestige to a degree of equality in the total tale of Florida.”—Rodney Kite-Powell, Saunders starting place Curator of historical past on the Tampa Bay background middle and editor of Tampa Bay background
“Exhaustively researched, good written, and interesting, They Dared to Dream breaks new flooring within the examine of Florida. Doris Weatherford’s formidable historical past of ladies in Florida might be largely learn and mentioned. From Princess Ulele to Alex Sink, from the function of criollas in Colonial St. Augustine to the struggles of girls within the twenty-first century, Weatherford chronicles their lives within the Sunshine State.”—Gary Mormino, writer of Land of light, kingdom of Dreams
during this huge portrayal of Florida’s guiding matriarchs, Doris Weatherford highlights the myriad contributions girls have made all through Florida’s heritage. From the decide on few who traveled with Ponce de Leon to the state’s first woman mayor Marion H. O’Brien, Weatherford sheds gentle at the roles those pioneering girls performed within the shaping of the light State.
They Dared to Dream reveals the life and achievements of girls all through landmark moments in historical past, together with local civilizations sooner than the arriving of eu colonists; early Spanish, British, and French exploration, the Civil battle period, Reconstruction, the early 20th century, and the inhabitants explosions post–World battle II. that includes often-celebrated personalities—including Mary Martha Reid, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton—alongside the lesser-known lives of Princess Murat, lighthouse keeper Barbara Mabrity, Florida Memorial collage founder Sarah Ann Blocker, and others—this pivotal exam of Florida’s lady brokers of switch attracts awareness to women’s instrumental roles within the old occasions that outlined the light State.
From prehistoric occasions to the gap age, the feminine half the inhabitants has made huge, yet too usually unacknowledged, contributions to Florida historical past. numerous ladies have triumph over nice hindrances and but are usually omitted of old money owed. They Dared to Dream goals to fill in a few of these gaps by way of celebrating the various successes ladies have made. simply because with no girls, there isn't any history—nor any future.
Doris Weatherford is the writer of A historical past of the yank Suffragist Movement and different reference publications on American women’s historical past. The Florida fee at the prestige of girls starting place, Inc., is devoted to empowering girls and women in our country through assisting academic, entrepreneurial and self sufficiency courses and tasks via can provide, mentoring, and different possibilities. The FCSW origin helps the paintings and courses of the Florida fee at the prestige of ladies, together with the Florida Women’s corridor of Fame.
The Florida fee at the prestige of ladies starting place, Inc. dedicates this booklet to:
the ladies of the previous who struggled to accomplish gender equality and confirmed the trail, the ladies of the current who proceed with an identical objective, and the ladies of the longer term who will hold the baton and make us proud.—Dr. Mona Jain
Acknowledgments, through the Florida fee at the prestige of girls starting place, Inc
The Florida women’s heritage e-book venture couldn't were accomplished with out the cooperation and aid of many of us. To thank them all who made it attainable will be approximately most unlikely. we'd, although, prefer to show our honest appreciation to people who have helped take this undertaking “from dream to reality.”
at the start, we're indebted eternally to our 9 founding contributors in addition to to the beneficiant donors to the historical past booklet undertaking. subsequent, our thank you visit the constitution participants: Nancy Acevedo, Claudia Kirk Barto, Susanne Hebert, Laura McLeod, Dr. Jeanne O’Kon, Laurie Pizzo, Blanca Bichara, Dr. Mona Jain, Carrie Lee, and Kathleen Passidomo, Esq., who freely gave their time and abilities. Our heartfelt because of Kelly Sciba and Michele Manning, who spent many, many hours in their personal time to determine that the venture was once relocating ahead easily. specified point out can also be made the following for the help given by way of Kimberly Mehr and Veronica Vasquez.
We gratefully recognize Doris Weatherford for scripting this finished Florida women’s heritage booklet. we're additionally thankful to the collage Press of Florida for publishing the e-book in addition to for necessary editorial aid and comments.
Our distinct due to every person who performed an element in researching the tales in the back of the ladies that makes them distinctive and trailblazers. those remarkable ladies have created historical past. we're additionally grateful to many ladies and males for his or her good needs and encouragement in an effort to fill a void within the historical past of the light kingdom. jointly we empower each one other.
final yet no longer least the basis contributors supply our private feel of appreciation to our households for believing in us in addition to for his or her unwavering ethical support.
To all others now we have passed over inadvertently, please settle for our honest apologies and thank you. in keeping with the outdated announcing, “To err is human and to forgive is divine.”
Florida fee at the prestige of ladies beginning, Inc.
Founding individuals, “Visionaries”
Blanca C. Bichara, Miami
Cheryl Holley, Tampa
Dr. Anila Jain, Bradenton-Sarasota
Dr. Mona Jain, Bradenton-Sarasota
Carrie E. Lee, Gainesville
Marie Flore Lindor-Latortue, Miami
Janet Mabry, Gulf Breeze
consultant Kathleen Passidomo, Esq., Naples
Debbie Sembler, Pinellas Park
Donors, from “Vision” to “Reality”
This Florida Women’s background e-book undertaking has been made attainable a result of generosity of the following:
Hawa Allarakhia, Bradenton
Blanca C. and Ricardo Bichara, Miami
Eugenia expense Joyce Blackburn Foundation
Brighthouse Networks of Manatee County for Rose Carlson, Bradenton
Leah Brown, Bradenton
Betty Chambliss, Bradenton
LaDonna Cloud, Sarasota
neighborhood beginning of Tampa Bay for Alex Sink, CFO
consultant Faye Culp, Tampa
Lynn and Dr. Arthur Guilford, Sarasota
Gini Hyman, Sarasota
Dr. Mona and Kailash Jain, Bradenton-Sarasota
Kappa Delta starting place, Inc. for Dr. Anila Jain, Chair, Bradenton-Sarasota
Carrie E. and Dennis Lee, Gainesville
Manatee and Sarasota Commissions at the prestige of Women
Miami-Dade fee for Women
Dorothy Middleton, Bradenton
JoAnn Morgan, Melbourne
consultant Kathleen Passidomo, Esq., Naples
Mary Runnells, Bradenton
Linda Simmons, Tampa
St. Petersburg occasions Fund (Lynda Keever)
Mariamma and Dr. George Thomas, Bradenton
collage of South Florida for Dr. Judy Genshaft, President
Amy VanDell, Bradenton
Anne Voss, Tampa
Renee Warmak, Tampa
Senator Marlene Woodson-Howard, Bradenton