Posted on 15/12/15 by Myriam Borg in Working mums
Long before ‘his story’ there was ‘her story.’ History tells us that before patriarchal society came into place there were tens of thousands of years of an entirely different world order—matriarchal society was prevalent worldwide and the child lineage was through the mother. That was a time of different social & religious practices. Child lineage was traced through the mother, land ownership was a female domain, and religion was a worship of a female goddess. Women were the dominant sex. They were leaders, rulers, priestesses & warriors. That feminine world order is a very different place than today’s world.
Every now and then, especially in the world of business, you can see glimpses of these powerful female figures that serve as motivation for today’s up-and-comers; women in business are today’s rulers, warriors, and champions.
To give you an idea, here are some of the most prominent women entrepreneurs known through time:
- Tory Burch
She is the CEO of well-known fashion and clothing line in US that started in 2004. Today, they have almost 125 stores and are visible in department stores as well. Burch also established Tory Burch Foundation to give back to the women entrepreneur community by supporting them.
- Leslie Blodgett
She is the CEO of Bare Escentuals which is a makeup company. In 1994, Blodgett was the one responsible in revitalizing the then struggling company. Through improved marketing, the company was once again opened to the public in 2006. Later on in 2010, Shiseido acquired them.
- Sara Blakely
With a small capital of $5000, Blakely took the leap and started creating undergarments for men and women. Now, the company has almost $250 million in revenue. Blakely also established a foundation which helps women all over the globe.
- Arianna Huffington
In 2005, The Huffington Post was launched and she was the editor-in-chief then. She let AOL acquire them in 2011 but she continued to oversee the company as she continuously provided insight and aimed to globalize the brand in Europe, Canada, and Japan.
- Weili Dai
She co-founded Marvell Technology Group, Limited or MRVL. This is a semiconductor company and she is the only founder who is a female. Being president, she was able to bring in huge revenue to the company and this made her a recipient to a lot of awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year and Gold Stevie Award to Woman.
- Coco Chanel
She was actually born poor and an orphan. She started by designing hats for the elite in Paris. This made her climb up the social ladder quickly and she became well known in the fashion scene. Until today, her brand is still alive in the runways.
- Estee Lauder
She is well-known for the cosmetics line she established. What started to be as an effort to help her uncle sell his skin care formulations became a billion-dollar worth business. Today, they have branched out to Clinique, Prescriptives, and Aramis.
- Debbie Fields
On her first day in selling her baked goods, almost no one bought so she decided to give a free taste. This marked the start of success of Mrs. Fields’ Cookies. Perhaps no one ever thought how far a plain housewife could go.
Through time, women have been breaking stereotypical images of them that they should only be left at home to let them do the household chores. While most women are more known to rule the fashion or cosmetic worlds, more and more are getting to be known in other arenas as well such as technology, real estate, and even biotechnology.
These women have truly become trail blazers and serve as shining beacon to working mums all over the world.
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