In light of this week’s WomenFest celebration here in the Florida Keys, we thought we’d take a break from our routine and offensive humor, and instead compile a Top 10 of our team members here at the Keys Weekly and Overseas. MediaGroup. We asked our colleagues in our three Keyswide offices about some of the women they consider to be the most influential – apart from our mothers, as they receive their own tributes each May. Here’s a list of favorite women from your friends at Oversea Media Group and Keys Weekly, the Florida Keys’ only locally owned news provider. #localmediamatters

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Our top 11 favorite and influential women

Of course, my wife, my mother, my aunt and my immediate family members are at the top of my list of women who inspire me. But I am blown away by my 5-year-old daughter-in-law, Dylan, on a daily basis. I have never met a more tenacious, brilliant, fearless and creative little woman. Buckle up, world, it’s only just begun. — Britt Myers: Partner, Keys Weekly Media & OMG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She did a lot for workplace equality and to break down barriers for women, lived by her principles and could still hold a 30-second plank at 86. Come on, this is badass. — Patti Childress, Keys Weekly Business Development Manager

Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State. I have always admired and respected her. His speeches were inspiring and uplifting. She has such a presence, and even now, as an American diplomat and political scientist who is the current director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. I follow her on Facebook. — Char Hruska, executive director of Keys Weekly Media Group

After my own remarkably strong and equally sensitive mother, Mary Ann Bolen, I must say

Michelle Obama – because “when they go low, we go high”. The woman has class, intelligence, a biting wit and triceps I would kill for. Favorite quote: “I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are. — Mandy Miles, Key West Weekly editor

Sure my mom but it just came to my mind first but all the women at Keys Weekly and OMG have been the most influential in my life at this point… learning how to be a powerhouse in this industry and be a great example of what strong women in leadership positions look like. —

Maison Benitez, Overseas Media Group, Social and Digital Media Strategist

Emalyn Mercer, my fairy godmother. His main goal was to make someone’s day better every day of his life. “Steph, people will always remember how you made them feel,” she said.

Oh, and she threw a surprise wedding for her husband, was a naughty badass who drove her beetle to the top of “mount trashmore”, was kind, generous, always let you know she had bail for her crazy ideas and never backed down where his principles were concerned. — Stephanie Mitchell, Keys Weekly Creative Director

Mine is the lovely European-accented woman at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru, who always makes sure I don’t get the wrong coffee. I’m sure she would smile and laugh even if the building was on fire. I didn’t know anyone other than my dog ​​could be so happy to see me. — Marla Orlowski, Web Designer/Developer, Overseas Media Group

“My third-grade teacher, Ms. Whigham, is the biggest influence/inspiration to my ability as a writer to date. Her passion for writing and her ability to teach her students how to write creatively and effectively gave me the tools to excel in the subject. Honestly, I don’t know if I would be an editor today without her. —Alex Rickert, editor of Marathon Weekly

So many inspiring women in my life, starting with my mother, Debbie, and my sisters Dana and Nicole, for so many reasons, but if you choose to think outside the box, let’s go with Kathryn Bigelow, the first female director to win an Oscar. She also beat her ex-husband for the same award the same year. It was James Cameron, maybe you’ve heard of him. Now that’s pretty badass. — Annie Briening, COO, Overseas Media Group

I’ve been blessed to have been and still be surrounded by amazing women throughout my life, personally and professionally, but my grandmother Raffie Miranda still tops my most inspiring list. She was 70 when I joined the Miranda family and she is part of so many childhood memories. She was a widow, lived alone, didn’t drive or work until she was 88, when her body couldn’t take it anymore. In 1918, she worked in a shoe factory and led fitness classes. She raised five children, three of them during the Great Depression, which certainly led to her living a long, frugal life. Cherished memories include filing S&H (look for it) green stamp sheets, making homemade pizza dough, and being together on our usually disastrous family vacation. She taught me how to cook like an Italian and supported me in all the non-traditional family paths I took in life. I only had her in my life for my first 20 years, but she remains in my heart and I named my daughter after her. Jill Miranda Baker, Keys Weekly Account Manager

I would totally say my mom, but in this case, I’ll say Nola Acker. That’s what I would like to call my sister from another gentleman. Although I have to get over the fact that she is a Buckeye fan, her energy is unparalleled (I believe she constantly has espresso running through her veins) and her desire to give back to the community has inspired me to many ways. —Jim McCarthy, Editor of Upper Keys Weekly
“Other than my mother and grandmother, Lady Gaga (Mother Monster) has been the most influential woman in my life. Her authenticity shows in everything she does, and like an actual superhero, she has used her powerful voice for good. She is unapologetic for her raw emotion, artistic perspective and humanitarianism and with that she has empowered millions of people. ‘Baby, you were born this way.'” – Chanice Dos Santos, Digital Director