The Florida Women’s Hall of Fame has three new inductees chosen for their community activism.
The inductees, who were chosen by Gov. Rick Scott out of a list of 10 women, are Clara C. Frye, Aleene Kidd Mackenzie and Lillie Pierce Voss. The women were chosen based on their contributions to and impacts on Florida.
Attorney General Pam Bondi hosted the induction ceremony.
“These distinguished women have touched the lives of countless people, and they have played an important role in making Florida the great state that it is today,” stated Bondi in a press release on March 20. “Each of these recipients is a well-deserving inductee, and it is an honor to recognize them today.”
Frye is most known for opening the first black hospital in Tampa, Fla. The Clara Frye Negro Hospital was established in 1923.
Voss is known for braving the wilderness of Southeast Florida and penning a memoir titled “Pioneer Life in Southeast Florida.” She befriended the Seminole tribe and learned to hunt, fish and shoot.
Mackenzie, the only surviving member of the group, is credited with creating equal opportunities for women in Florida. She is also credited with enacting the Florida Association of Safety Leaders when crusading to have the 16 constitutional amendments ratified in Florida.