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Publisher's Letter: Female Power In The Palm Beaches

Women’s rights are trending with very public discussions on gender disparity and equality in the workplace, sexism and sexual harassment, and a movement heralding the tenacity of the female spirit. The dawn of new era—where women take a stance, collectively unite and fight for change—is back. So it’s fitting that this February issue focuses on female fortitude! Women are amazing problem solvers, masters of multitasking and effective champions of change, and The Palm Beaches have no shortage of stand-out stewards that are the lifeblood of our communities. We celebrate them in this Palm Beach Woman issue.

In “Palm Beach Elite,” we bring you eight quintessential Palm Beach women who are more than just well-coiffed pretty faces. They are smart, savvy, sophisticated and live to serve; they know it is their duty to help those less fortunate and are passionate about enriching the lives of others. They live by the motto “to whom much is given, much is expected,” and their civic-minded philosophy forces them to fight for causes they believe in and make the Palm Beaches and the world a better place. Enjoy reading about their pursuits, their passions and what they love about our perfect slice of paradise.

Affirmative action is alive and well in Palm Beach County with women in powerful positions serving our community while simultaneously serving as role models to other females. From the mayor to the police chief, today’s woman is stronger, smarter and bolder, and she stands proud in positions formerly dominated by men. These “she-roes” know no limitations and aren’t afraid to tackle nontraditional roles. See the female-filled cast that runs our city and county, and soak up some sage advice from these seasoned professionals and boss ladies in “Wonder Women."

Florida’s higher education system is under attack and facing a backward slide. State colleges, formally called community colleges, are seeing huge budget cuts as money is shifted to state universities in order to allow them to compete with the country’s best universities. If Senate President Joe Negron has his way, “state” colleges will go back to being “community” colleges and only 20 percent of state college students will be able to seek four-year degrees, essentially robbing from the less fortunate and giving to the brightest. State colleges are a godsend for many who either can’t afford a university, can’t get accepted into one or want a local higher education option. And state colleges are performing well—more state college graduates get employed upon graduation than university graduates, largely because the colleges are more adaptable, providing courses and degrees to keep up with workforce trends. Why fix what isn’t broken? The Florida Legislature will have to decide that.