[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom car sales to issuing bail bonds to running oil and gas businesses, women are proving they have a place in jobs and fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. The world is changing. The workforce is changing and women are at the helm. More than ever before, women are pulling up a place at the table, and, whether in traditionally male-dominated fields or not, proving they are here to stay.

Candy Smith-Jett and Shanakay Broussard, Morgan Foster, Tabetha Jackson, Shenay Taylor and Simone Simpkins and Diana Chance are seven local women who are pioneering in their respective fields. They get their hands dirty, dispatch tow trucks, climb power lines in the wind and rain and negotiate deals. They set the example for women in the community that anything men can do, women can do, too. They get up each morning, work hard, go home and get up the next morning ready to do it even better than the day before.

“Women don’t need anything other than the opportunity to prove themselves,” said Diana Chance, Directing Manager of Donner Properties.

And prove themselves these women have. They’ve dealt with discrimination in the workplace, fought for the ultimate work/family balance and met each challenge with a determination to overcome. Each prides herself on careers spent shattering the glass ceilings and paving the way for the women coming up behind them.