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Celebrating Women Forging New Paths at the University of Florida

This Women’s History Month, the University of Florida celebrates the remarkable women – past and present -- who have empowered this great university. They represent diverse fields and backgrounds, but they share the common ground of being relentless in the pursuit of a greater future. Today, these women continue to pave the way for others to realize their dreams. Please check back here throughout March for updates on events, campus initiatives and inspiring stories of women’s experiences at the University of Florida.

Special Women's History Event March 26

What does it take to lead UF Student Government (SG) as a female student in the 1980s, 2010s and 2020s? Join the conversation with Charlotte Mather-Taylor (former SG President), Joselin Padron-Rasines (former SG President) and Faith Maniti (current Student Life Division Chair and incoming Student Body Vice President) as they share their experiences. Register today. 



Inclusion in Research: Helping Women Scientists have their Voices Heard

Natalie Dean and Michelle Cardel to share what they’ve learned to help diversify conversations about science.


MBI Rising Star: Ariel Walker

Ariel Walker is the latest to be featured in MBI Rising Stars, a series highlighting up-and-coming neuroscience researchers at UF. Her research focuses on the hallmarks of Alzheimer's with the hope of identifying approaches to slow or prevent the disease. 

Inclusion & Research at UF: Adania Flemming's Story of Visibility

With a shortage of women mentors in ichthyology, Flemming decided to be the mentor she always wanted for her students.

Four Generations of Gator Women

Their 91-year legacy has spanned wars, the Great Depression and the challenges of raising families, demonstrating a keen determination to earn a UF degree no matter what.

I was meant to be in the band

Sophy Mae Mitchell was certain of one thing when she came to the University of Florida more than 50 years ago: She just had to march in the Gator Band. One problem: At the time, the band was all male.



Across the University of Florida, there are many extraordinary women – students, faculty and staff – who exemplify excellence. For 2021 Women's History Month, women who serve as cabinet members and deans at UF are recognized through a graphic illustration and spotlight. Meet them below.

UF College Deans 


Cammy R. Abernathy

Isabel Garcia

Julie A. Johnson

Colleen G. Koch

Anna M. McDaniel

Onye P. Ozuzu

Laura A. Rosenbury

Elaine Turner

Dana N. Zimmel

UF Cabinet Members 


Zina L. Evans

Jodi Gentry

Amy Meyers Hass

D'andra Mull

Nancy Paton