3 added to Florida Women's Hall of Fame

Published On: Mar 13 2014 04:02:35 PM EDT

Three more women have been added to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

Gov. Rick Scott announced this year's inductees on Thursday.

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Dottie Berger MacKinnon was a tireless advocate for women in the Tampa Bay area. She was one of the founders of Joshua House, a safe haven for abused children.

Louise Jones Gopher was the first female member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida to earn a four-year college degree, graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in business. She went on to become a champion of education for the entire tribe.

Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton is the first female sheriff elected in a general election in Florida's history and is currently serving her third term. Benton was the 2013 president of the Florida Sheriffs Association.


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