Throughout history, there are stories of inspirational women who demonstrated reliance, strength, and courage. Today on International Women’s Day, lets celebrate some women in business that have paved the way for so many. Entrepreneurship can be a difficult road but for women it is even more challenging. The list which follows is by no means all inclusive and serves only as a sample of the heart, tenacity and a pioneering spirit that lives on today.
1739: Eliza Lucas Pinckney – Agriculturalist and trade innovator
1766: Mary Katherine Goddard – Publisher and first women Postmaster.
1875: Lydia Pinkham -Herbologist and women’s health champion
1905: Madam C.J. Walker- Women’s hair care product pioneer (featured in a Netflix movie).
1909 Elizabeth Arden – Cosmetics Empire developer
1910 Coco Chanel – International Fashionista and Trendsetter
1932 Olive Ann Beech -Aviation and Aerospace pioneer
1933 Ma Perkins- Radio Headliner
1950 Brownie Wise – Marketing and sales maven
1951 Lillian Vernon – Mail Order Magnet
1959 Ruth Handler- Toy Icon and creator of Barbie
1977 Mrs. (Debbi) Fields – Cookie Queen and Retail Powerhouse
To learn more about each of these amazing women, please follow the link below. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217929
Modern day entrepreneur heavy hitters include Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, and Joanna Gaines. These powerful and successful business owners relied on skills and ingenuity to start their business fortunes against all odds. These women reflect the traits that both Entrepruener.com and Forbes.com agree are fundamental to success.
10 Traits for Successful Entrepreneurs:
- Passionate & Self-Motivated
- Confident & Strong sense of self
- Adaptability & Flexibility
- Determined & Resilience
- Promoter & Sales Expert
- Lifelong Learner & Self Developer
- Money Management Savvy
- Expert Networker & Connector
- Risk Tolerant
Additional characteristics also include creativity, decisiveness, and the ability to collaborate and communicate their vision clearly. Failure for these women was never an option. Failure simply opened opportunities in new directions. Setbacks and failures don’t signify the end for these forward-thinking visionaries.
If you’re missing one or more of these skills or traits, it doesn’t indicate that you cannot be a successful entrepreneur or business owner. What you must do is build on the strengths you already have and add knowledge where you have some gaps.
Continue your quest by learning from the best. Read, listen, and even consider getting a professional mentor. Nurture long-term relationships and surround yourself with individuals that support your endeavors. Trust your instincts and build on the vision that you believe in. Keep evolving and don’t settle on the you, you are today.
Ultimately, ask yourself what is holding your back? What fears do you have to conquer? Once you can face those obstacles and overcome them, you can set a course of business ownership that might one day land you a list of those who have accomplished real change in the world and for women in the future.
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International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.