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Elaine Gordon Papers

Identifier: SPC5060

Scope and Contents

This collection details the legal struggle for women’s rights regarding fairer wages, equal opportunities as men, as well as the right for more say in legal affairs regarding women directly. The documents in the collection include but are not limited to legal documents involving rape, abortion, healthcare, allegations of sexual misconduct against women, child care, and the right to speak. Additional content includes memos of speeches, legal testimonies, and news clippings regarding the advancements and progress of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).


  • 1966 - 1994

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Elaine Gordon was in an American politician who dedicated her life towards the advancement and equal rights of women who served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1994 as an advocate to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She also helped pass the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and the Patients’ Bill of Rights, as well as an outspoken supporter of raising awareness to hate crimes of both women and minority groups. For her tireless efforts, she became the first woman to chair a standing committee, the first female Speaker Pro Tempore and the first woman inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the first recipient of the Florida United Way Humanitarian Award. In 1994, she retired from Florida’s House of Representatives but kept busy as an active supporter of the local community. She became an assistant vice president at Florida International University, and helped raise funds for scholarships at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus and for the University’s state-of-the-art conference center.


14 boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the Florida International University Repository

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