I've been around the SouthCoast long enough to notice the abundance of strong women who have either come from nothing and risen to success or are simply strong advocates for women within the local community and beyond.

It goes without saying that the SouthCoast is home to a diverse group of businesses, each with their own personal touches. It's about the fight, the grit, and doing whatever it takes to reach the top. Even providing for others, especially family members, can often be the motivation needed to strive harder to crush goals.

Thousands of women across the area have truly had an impact on everyday lives here on the SouthCoast, and as much as I'd like to acknowledge them all, I'd like to at least begin with 25 women of all ages and backgrounds who have caught my attention through their hard work.

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From pet care services to plumbing, restaurant entrepreneurs to fashionistas, photographers to fitness instructors, each one of these ladies has found her own path to personal happiness and great achievement.

Join me in congratulating these hardworking individuals who play a positive role in empowering other women, all of whom deserve to be celebrated throughout the year and not just a single month.

It's my goal that each story written below will resonate and inspire others to not only achieve personal goals but to uplift neighbors, friends, and community members to keep climbing and make their own mark here on the SouthCoast.

25 Successful SouthCoast Women Whose Hard Work Paid Off

Women's History Month has come and gone, but these SouthCoast women deserve recognition all year long for their hard work and success. We know there are many, many more out there, and we hope these ladies, in their own words, honor the local network of female entrepreneurs that grows stronger by the day.

LOOK: Milestones in women's history from the year you were born

Women have left marks on everything from entertainment and music to space exploration, athletics, and technology. Each passing year and new milestone makes it clear both how recent this history-making is in relation to the rest of the country, as well as how far we still need to go. The resulting timeline shows that women are constantly making history worthy of best-selling biographies and classroom textbooks; someone just needs to write about them.

Scroll through to find out when women in the U.S. and around the world won rights, the names of women who shattered the glass ceiling, and which country's women banded together to end a civil war.

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