They are real estate brokers, dentists, small and big business owners, counselors, and nonprofit founders. These are Women Who Move Detroit. In this special section, Hour Detroit brings you the stories of women who make a difference in their businesses and communities.

There’s the daughter of Motown stylists who established her own salon, as well as real estate agents who have changed the way we buy and sell homes through advances in technology and professional home staging. There are dental professionals who offer their services to victims of abuse, and a nonprofit founder who rang the closing bell on Wall Street twice.

While you’ll read about their successes, it’s important to recognize that behind every story, there are sacrifices, too. Every single one of the featured women could tell you about a family member they’ve cared for, or a child that needs special attention. Their day doesn’t begin and end with work, because their responsibilities run deep. Most have supportive partners, families, and spouses, yet many have made it to the top by sheer determination. What they all have in common is that they work hard. Really hard.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, today’s women are more likely to work full time and year-round than in earlier decades, and they also attain higher levels of education. The proportion of women ages 25 to 64 in the labor force who hold a college degree more than tripled from 1970 to 2016, increasing from 11 percent to 42 percent. In March 2016, the most recent complete data available, the rate for women in the workforce with children 6 to 17 years old was 75 percent.

The women who move Detroit have taken their training, talent, and passion, and made it work. From revitalizing New Center loft spaces to starting businesses from the ground up, to helping those with mental health issues during their most vulnerable times, these women represent a force that is strong, willing to take risks, and to do what needs to be done at home, at work, and in their community.