The Florida Commission on the Status of Women Announces 2018 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Tallahassee, FL (June 14, 2018) — Governor Rick Scott has selected Adela Gonzmart, formerly of Ybor City, Janet Petro, of Indian Harbour Beach, and Lee Bird Leavengood, of Tampa for induction into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Governor Scott chose these three individuals from a group of ten nominees recommended by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, for their significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and all Florida citizens. They are pioneers who have broken down barriers, created new opportunities, and championed issues to better Florida and its people.

“The Florida Commission on the Status of Women, in the true spirit of celebration, is proud to honor these outstanding women who have had such a meaningful impact on our state and its history,” said Commission Chair Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., DCJ. “This year marks the thirty-sixth year of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the Commission is proud to ensure that the stories of Florida women will be shared for future generations.”

This year’s inductees will be honored at a ceremony on September 26, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2018 Future of Florida Forum. In addition, they will be immortalized on an honorary wall in the halls of the Florida Capitol.