Powerful females have been shaping Sarasota for more than a century, and they continue to step up and make our world better. We celebrate six women whose talents and accomplishments are transforming the environment, business, sports and politics here and beyond.

In This Feature:

Emma González Has Become the Face of the Gun-Control Movement

González is a rising sophomore at New College of Florida.

06/27/2019 By Pam Daniel

Christina Unkel Believes in the Power of Sports

She is one of only three FIFA-licensed female referees who represent the United States Soccer Federation in the U.S., Canada and across South America and the Caribbean—even as far away as China.

06/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Cynthia Heil Came to Town to Tackle Red Tide

"In a year we hope to have found and begin testing a compound that can mitigate red tide."

06/28/2019 By Pam Daniel

Heather Kasten Brings Change to the Chamber

“The chamber turns 100 in 2020. I’ve heard from other women that this is a game-changer.”

06/28/2019 By Susan Burns

Elizabeth Moore Protects Florida Lands Through Philanthropy

The conservationist and philanthropist works to ensure that children today, and in the future, can experience nature the way she did.

06/28/2019 By Kay Kipling

Stevie Freeman-Montes Is Determined to Help Sarasota Face Climate Change

“I’m trying to facilitate a process of figuring this out together.”

06/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Women Outnumber Men in Sarasota and Manatee

But healthcare for women in Florida is the worst in the U.S., and women in Florida still only make 87 cents for every dollar paid to U.S. men.

06/29/2019

Meet the Women Who Have Helped Shape Sarasota Over the Past Century

Our city wouldn't be the same without these ten powerful females.

06/28/2019 By Kay Kipling