March is Women’s History Month, a wonderful reason to look deeper into the impact made by great women on our lives in South Florida and all over the United States. Spend some time with your daughters and sons this month letting them know about the strong women that made a difference in their lives.

Julia Tuttle Statue

Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-7550

The “Mother of Miami” Julia Tuttle is the only woman considered to be the founder of a major city in the U.S. The 10-foot-tall bronze statue of Tuttle in Bayfront Park pays tribute to the woman responsible for starting what is now the bustling city of Miami. Looking upward, Tuttle holds a basket of oranges in her left arm as her right arm extends a handful of orange blossoms. Her skirt is covered with scenes of American Indians and African Americans that were among the first settlers, regional flora and fauna, the train that helped turn Fort Dallas into the City of Miami and Tuttle with Henry Flagler. After learning about Julia Tuttle, the kids can enjoy the adjacent children’s playground.

20th Anniversary American Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women

InterContinental Hotel Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131

Date: March 5, 2013

The Spectrum Awards for Women will be presented on Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at the InterContinenal Hotel Miami. The awards acknowledge women that demonstrate the American Red Cross principles of humanity, impartiality, independence, unity, neutrality and voluntary service. Last year’s Spectrum Awards luncheon raised more than $175,000 for the life-saving programs and services of South Florida’s American Red Cross.

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Fort Lauderdale Historical Walking Tours on Women’s History

Fort Lauderdale’s Women’s Club
20 S. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 779-1707

Take a free walking tour around Fort Lauderdale and learn of the intrigue and history of the powerful women of the city. Meet at the corner of Broward and Andrews on April 6 at 2 p.m. (tours are given the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.) by the Fort Lauderdale’s Women’s Club. Discover the tales of the women that made a difference in Fort Lauderdale while on a walking tour of the city.

The Women’s History Gallery at Women’s Park

10251 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33174
(305) 480-1717

Take the family and friends to The Women’s History Gallery at Women’s Park and celebrate the contributions of the women of Miami-Dade County. The park is the first one in the U.S. dedicated to the women of Miami that improved the community’s quality of life. It was the dream of feminist and founder Roxcy O’Neal Bolton. The park offers meeting space, exhibits, cultural events and shows, and a children’s playground and picnic pavilion.

Julia Tuttle: Mother of Miami Walk

101 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-1492

Date: March 10, 2013

Join Dr. Paul George on a tour to celebrate Women’s History Month and Julia Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami.” Take a tour on the north bank of the Miami River and see where Tuttle convinced railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to expand his railroad through Miami, which started the growth of the bustling city of today. Check out Brickell’s trading post and see what life was like for pioneer women. The tour, which uses the Metromover to cross the city, ends at Miami City Cemetery, the resting place of Julia Tuttle. Advance reservations and payment are required.

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Transplanted from Denver, Colorado to Orlando, Florida, Larraine Stacey spends much of her time traveling all over Florida and cruising the East Coast. A certified International tour guide and former travel agent, Larraine loves researching travel destinations and sharing travel tips with others. Her work can be found at