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/