What: Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
When: Wednesday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin Street
Who: Senator Arthenia Joyner and the families of Nancy Ford and Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain
Hillsborough County’s Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) will add three new names to the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame during its an annual luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, May 7. The event will be held at the Tampa Convention Center located at 333 South Franklin Street in Tampa from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Two members of the Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be honored posthumously. The third is a distinguished legislator and a champion of civil rights for all people – The Honorable Arthenia Joyner.
Senator Joyner was the first black female attorney in Hillsborough County, the first black female Florida State Representative and State Senator elected from Hillsborough County, and the first black female elected Florida Senate Democratic Leader. She has advocated for women’s and human rights, criminal and civil justice reform, and consumer protection.
Posthumous inductees to the COSW Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014 are:
· Nancy Ford – one of Hillsborough County’s first female bank executives and the “founding mother” of the Athena Society, an organization formed to improve and promote the status of women in business and to support passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
· Eleanor “Ella” McWilliams Chamberlain – one of Florida’s first advocates for women’s rights and suffrage who also worked for “mothers’ pensions,” an early form of Social Security for widows seeking help to support children.
Past COSW inductees to the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame have included: Adela Gonzmart, Sandra Freedman, Gwendolyn Miller, Jan K. Platt and Phyllis Busansky. The late Dottie Berger MacKinnon, inducted into the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013, was named to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame by Governor Rick Scott earlier this year.
The COSW Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014 event is made possible in part by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (Platinum Sponsor) and by Richard and Susan Leisner (Gold Sponsors).
About the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame
The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) created the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In recognition of their significant contributions to women and the community, 19 accomplished women have now been named to the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame. The COSW was created by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to advise the administration on relevant matters pertaining to the status of women in the community.
For more information on the COSW or to attend the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame event, call 813-276-2640 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/COSW.