Despite the image of a masculine Victorian society, women in Ybor City played vital roles in the survival of their immigrant households.  A larger percentage of Latin women worked outside the home in factories and shops.

While the Latin clubs were headed by males, each club’s social and cultural activities were dominated by women.  While few women would be seen in the club canteens, each club developed a health clinic and educational services – both of which had active female members.


Each club had a large list of evening activities and weekend events – from picnics down at Palmetto Beach to political rally gatherings.   Considering this was Victorian Florida where women lacked the power of the ballot box, women played a major role in much of the institutions and events of Ybor City.





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