100 Women We Love 2011

The 100 Women We Love – out artists, elected officials, business leaders, athletes, community activists – are role models for us all. Many are up-and-coming movers and shakers; some are at the zenith of their careers. Some of their achievements change our world and, just as importantly, others improve the world’s perception of out women. They all strive tirelessly to increase our visibility and continue our incredible progress toward equality and justice.

We proudly present the class of 2011, in random order, so each gets her well-deserved turn in the spotlight.

Jane Castor

In her 27 years as a Tampa police officer, Chief Jane Castor—the first lesbian police chief of that Florida city—has collaborated with citizens, neighborhood leaders, activists and business owners to work to reduce crime. Her “Focus on Four” plan has contributed to a 61.5% reduction in crime since 2003. Chief Castor earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology at the University of Tampa, and in 2006 was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Troy State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. “When I first became a police officer, I thought there was no greater satisfaction than solving a crime for a victim,” said Chief Castor, “but I have since learned that the best way to serve my community is by preventing people from becoming victims in the first place.” In 2010, Chief Castor was named Law Enforcement Executive of the Year. –DP

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