When Ruth Bryan Owen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Rollins College in 1927, she had yet to hold an elected office. A year before Owen won election as Florida’s first congresswoman, her contemporaries were already commemorating her meritorious work on behalf of her state and her country. Public recognition of Owen’s civic activism continued throughout a career that encompassed two terms in the United States House of Representatives, an appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary to Denmark, and service to the United Nations as an advisor and alternate delegate to the General Assembly.
"Ruth Bryan Owen: Florida's First Congresswoman and Lifetime Activist,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 77:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol77/iss4/5