Seven Local Women to be Honored for Their Historic Accomplishments in STEM Careers
-County Commission to issue proclamation for National Women's History Month at the February 26 meeting-


photos of the seven honorees

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DATE: February 19, 2013
CONTACT: Barbara Ann McGovern
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs & Professional Standards
PHONE: 954-357-6516

The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will celebrate National Women’s History Month, March 1-31, by posthumously honoring seven Broward County women who exemplify the theme of this year’s national observance, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The honorees include: Rosa L. Brown, public health nurse; Dr. Anna Darrow, first woman doctor in Fort Lauderdale, Betty Lou Fogt, public health nurse; Katherine LaBelle, math teacher and administrator, Martha Munzer, engineer and environmentalist; Katherine Rawls, olympic swimmer and World War Two aviator; and Marion "Babe" Young, nurse.

The Board of County Commissioners will present a proclamation recognizing National Women’s History Month and honoring the memory of these amazing women on Tuesday, February 26, at the 2 p.m. Good and Welfare meeting at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. In March, the Honorees will be featured in an exhibit in the lobby of the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue.

The achievements and dedication of these pioneer role models significantly influenced the expansion of academic scholarship for women in the STEM fields and the corresponding recognition of the important contributions of women to the history of Broward County.

"Our goal is to demonstrate the impact these innovative women had on communities and our County and to encourage other young women to follow suit and move into these credible, lucrative and meaningful fields,“ said Andrea JohnBaptiste, chair, Commission on the Status of Women and President and CEO of Axum Management Capabilities, Inc., Sunrise.

In spite of the groundbreaking  accomplishments of these honorary women, the U.S. Department of Commerce indicates that STEM jobs remain in great demand. Data shows that there are 1.4 jobs for every one unemployed person within the STEM sector compared to 4.1 unemployed people for every one job across other industries. 

The CSW serves in an advisory capacity to the Broward County Commission and through education and advocacy, identify and help resolve economic, health, social and other issues facing women in our community. For more information, visit

Photo Caption: Rosa L. Brown, Dr. Anna Darrow, Betty Lou Fogt, Katherine LaBelle, Martha Munzer,  Katherine Rawls and Marion "Babe" Young. Photos are available upon request.
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