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Celebrate Women's History Month and Women Entrepreneurs

March 08, 2018 10:50 AM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)
March is Women's History Month. Let's celebrate the important roles that women have fulfilled in history, especially as entrepreneurs.

Have you heard of these women entrepreneurs in history?
  • Martha Coston, who invented the Pyrotechnic Night Signal (night flare) to be used for communication among ships at sea at night or during times of low light.
  • Lillian Lincoln Lambert, the first black woman Harvard MBA, and her achievement of the American dream, rising from a poor, rural upbringing in the segregated South to success as a barrier-breaking CEO and entrepreneur.
  • Ruth Handler, a Polish immigrant and co-founder of Mattel Toy Co., who created the Barbie doll and went on to found "Nearly Me" to market prostheses to fellow breast-cancer survivors.
  • Olive Ann Beech (cofounder of Beech Aircraft), and Margaret Rudkin (founder of Pepperidge Farm)--who started their own manufacturing companies in the 1930s, sold them to major corporations in the 1960s and 1970s, and became members of their corporate boards.
  • Rebecca Lukens, a Victorian entrepreneur who took over her deceased husband's iron works and became the only woman iron manufacturer of the era.
Learn more at https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
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