City of Tampa to Celebrate Women’s History Month

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Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to be presented at celebration


The City of Tampa will hold its 23rd Annual Women’s History Month Celebration on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Tampa Bay History Center, located at 801 Old Water Street. The celebration is free and open to the public. Free parking is available with a validation from the event at the South Regional Garage located at 301 Channelside Drive.


Mayor Bob Buckhorn will present the 2019 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to Senior Assistant City Attorney Jan McLean. Employed by the City of Tampa for more than 13 years, Jan McLean has earned distinction both locally and nationally. In 2012 and 2013, she received the Home Rule Hero award from the Florida League of Cities. In 2017, she was invited by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association to be one of their speakers in Washington, DC during the legislative session. Additionally, Jan has dedicated much of her time to local community service.


The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was created to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community. The award is presented in memory of Josephine Howard Stafford who served as an Assistant City Attorney for 24 years. Ms. Stafford was the first female judge in Hillsborough County and a pioneer for women’s issues, both professionally and in the community.

The keynote speaker will be former Florida State Senator Arthenia Joyner. Tammie Fields, News Anchor at Spectrum News 13, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The celebration will be recorded and replayed at a later date on City of Tampa Television, Frontier Fios Channel 15 and Charter Spectrum Channel 640. It will also be available for viewing on the City of Tampa’s Youtube channel:  

For more information on Tampa’s Women’s History Month Celebration, including past Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award winners, please visit