Papers of Elaine Gordon

Elaine Gordon a lawmaker and trail-blazing legislator recognized for her devotion to women, children and the elderly. Gordon was a liberal Democrat from South Florida, who proved herself adept in the power circle dominated by men from the conservative districts in the Florida Panhandle. She served in the Florida House of Representatives for 22 years from 1972 to 1994 where one of her male colleagues gave her the high compliment of saying she was "slicker than owl spit", Gordon was a lead sponsor of the ERA, headed the House Health Care Committee and helped set the state’s agenda on issues involving children, health care, mental health and women's reproductive rights.

9 linear feet