Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THREE CHEERS; Our Female Leaders

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THREE CHEERS; Our Female Leaders

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When Mayor Hans Tanzler established an advisory commission aimed at women in 1972, it was part of a sea change.

Women were in the process of setting a number of firsts in nearly every walk of life.

The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women was established as an advisory commission. The goal was to inform and advise the mayor about the concerns of women in Jacksonville, to encourage the appointment of women in city government and to involve women in the political process.

A visual illustration can be found at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida, where a series of portraits is on display of honorees for Women's History Month.

Beyond their individual achievements, no history of Jacksonville would be complete without including the remarkable accomplishments of these and other women.

Last week, the 2010 honorees were presented at the UNF library. They certainly were worthy to be added to the hall of honor.

Jeannie Blaylock: The TV anchor can claim to have saved many lives of women through her Buddy Check 12 project. Outrage over the death of a young woman, whose lump in the breast was dismissed, led her to use her television platform to advocate for more awareness of breast cancer. The project has spread to about 30 other cities.

Jessie-Lynne Kerr: The Times-Union reporter has covered Jacksonville history since before consolidation. Though she professed to be unworthy of sharing the stage with the other honorees, who else in Jacksonville ever had all the city's living former mayors show up for a celebration for her?

Jacqueline Nash: A clinical social worker, she felt a calling to minister to the neediest of Jacksonville, those who were being ignored or dismissed. That would mean working for mental health, teen pregnancy, prevention of HIV/AIDS or helping to create a television show on health issues. Her calling was to serve others, and the honor illustrates the success of her commitment.

Ellen Siler: The CEO of Hubbard House found her life's work in helping battered women. …

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