Ruth Bryan Owen, Politician
In 1929 Mrs. Owen became the first woman elected to represent Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. She sponsored numerous bills benefiting South Florida, including the proposal designating the Florida Everglades as a national park. She also led passage of bills to develop state rivers and harbors, including Port Everglades. At the end of her two terms, she became the first woman to represent the United States as an ambassador, when she was appointed minister to Denmark.
Ruth Bryan Owen was an influential political female in Florida, and her impact on the Everglades is what made me choose to plant and dedicate a garden for her at the Everglades Holiday Park. There is so much life and value in the Everglades, and Mrs. Owen saw the true worth and beauty of it. Not only is she an inspirational and powerful figure for females, but also an inspiration to those who advocate for the Everglades and the ecology of South Florida. That is why my garden was planted in the Everglades Holiday Park, because the park provides visitors a chance to experience the environment and habitat in an up-close and personal way. They educate those about the environment and they reflect the values that Mrs. Owen had when it came to South Florida’s natural ecosystems and habitats.
In helping to keep the Everglades secured and safe as a national park, she argued against those who viewed the Everglades as useless and just a swamp filled with snakes and mosquitos. Because of her dedication to the Everglades, it isn’t hard to tell that Mrs. Owens had a deep love and appreciation for nature. With so many plants and wildlife growing and living in the Everglades, it is very important to conserve their habitats and acknowledge the impact they have on the environment in South Florida. She felt strongly about the Everglades, took a stance, and used her power as a political figure in a positive way.
FLOR500 Participant: Jennifer Garcia
Garden Location: Everglades Holiday Park ,21940 Griffin Road,Fort Lauderdale , FL