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"These essays carry up the lives of remarkable Florida ladies who assisted in shaping the process 20th-century Florida."--James B. Crooks, collage of North Florida

From Ruth Bryan Owen, Florida's first congresswoman, and Mary McLeod Bethune, founding father of Bethune-Cookman collage, to Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the 1st chairwoman of the Seminole Tribe, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas, champion of the Everglades, Making Waves examines the lives and works of girls activists who made an important impression on Florida within the final century.

This assortment enriches our figuring out of the historical past of recent Florida and the position ladies performed in it. to a point more than the other southern kingdom within the twentieth century, Florida skilled dramatic financial, political, social, and environmental demanding situations, and Florida's ladies have been within the leading edge of the nice social and political responses to these demanding situations. those thirteen essays describe the contributions made by way of girls in city renewal, civil liberties, civil rights, baby welfare, hard work unions, schooling, environmental safety, rural extension paintings, and women's liberation.

By illuminating the involvement of the state's girls in lots of of those primary matters, Making Waves provides a long-overdue bankruptcy in Florida historical past. it's going to additionally give a contribution to the development of the research of women's historical past through interpreting women's activism in a number of contexts and illustrating how this activism used to be frequently circumscribed through classification and racial bias.

Jack E. Davis is affiliate professor of historical past and director of environmental reports on the collage of Alabama, Birmingham. Kari Frederickson is assistant professor of heritage on the college of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

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