Women's History Month Celebration

Women's History Month Celebration


The City of Tampa's Women's History Month Celebration was began in 1997 by City employees to recognize the many accomplishments of the City's female employees.

Each year the Women's History Month Committee solicits nominations for the Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award.  The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was adopted to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community.  The award is given in memory of Ms. Stafford who devoted 24 years to the City of Tampa as an Assistant City Attorney.  She was also the first woman judge in Hillsborough County and was a pioneer for women's issues, both professionally and in the community.


The annual event is held in March, at theTampa City Council Chambers, located at 315 East Kennedy Blvd. The program always includes entertainment, a keynote address presented by an outstanding local woman, and the presentation of the Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award and acceptance speech by the recipient. The Archives and Records Department also develops a display for the event, which can be viewed during the month of March in the Mascotte Room in Old City Hall.