Elaine Gordon Scholarship

Liebe & Seth Gadinsky
J. Brian Gadinsky
Seth & Liebe Gadinsky Family Fund of Dade Community Foundation
Robert M. Levy & Associates, Inc.
Meri-Jane Rochelson
Suzanna Rose
Laurie Shrage

The Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies was established in 2000 to honor the life and work of Elaine Gordon, a pioneering feminist and former state legislator who for 22 years championed equal rights for women, health care, mental health and children’s rights. It was one of her final wishes that her work be carried on through a scholarship that would help others. The Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies is open to Women's Studies majors or certificate earners in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Elaine Gordon was a person of the highest character and integrity, representing the state of Florida as a legislator for eleven consecutive terms. Gordon became an advocate for equal rights in 1964 and was one of the founding members of the Miami chapter of the National Organization for Women. She was a champion of Florida’s 1989 hate crimes law which became a model for the nation, and her many legislative activities and accomplishments have left a legacy of people she has helped.

Consistent over time, Gordon was the voice and guardian of abused children, victims of sexual assault, the elderly, the indigent and the mentally ill. She continually sponsored and passed legislation for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; and she protected women and children through child support enforcement and protection from domestic violence. While in the legislature, she also introduced the terms Ms. and Chairperson. Gordon was a woman ahead of her time, being the first woman to chair a standing committee in the legislature, as well as the first woman inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

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