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A to Z of American women business leaders and entrepreneurs
Sherrow, Victoria.
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New York : Facts on File, [2002]

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xx, 252 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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This reference features 140 biographical essays, each highlighting a woman's achievements and contributions to the world of business and describing how the subject developed her particular skills and talents. Profiles include Mary Musgrove Bosomworth, Elizabeth Arden, and Oprah Winfrey.

Author Notes

Victoria Sherrow holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ohio State University. She has written more than sixty books for young people, including several biographies and reference books, among them works on women athletes and women in the military

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Booklist Review

This reference work describes about 140 representative women who made names for themselves as business leaders over the history of the U.S. The author tried to provide a wide variety of women, crossing decades, ethnicities, and types of businesses. She also looked for women who overcame significant obstacles and were "firsts" for various reasons (e.g., female bank president, million-dollar-company founder). In addition, she also chose women who have been subjects of significant writing. Included are business celebrities such as Jenny Craig, Lydia Pinkham, and Oprah Winfrey as well as less-well-known leaders such as stenographer Mary Foot Seymour and colonial farm owner Susanna Wright. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Each one-to two-page article begins with the woman's major accomplishments, then traces her life, and ends with a short list of additional reading. The reader gets a taste of each personality but will not derive all the information needed for in-depth research. About 10 percent of the articles include black-and-white images of the subjects. The treatment is generally benign, so controversies such as Tootsie Roll president Ellen Gordon's move of her factory to Canada are not covered. The volume ends with a bibliography of recommended sources on the topic, a list of articles sorted by career field, a chronological list, and an index. A list by ethnicity would have been useful. The business fields tend to cluster around traditional female interests: appearance, family products, communications. However, manufacturing (including aviation and technology), construction, and shipping are also represented. Providing an accessible introduction to U. S. businesswomen, this resource should find a broad audience in high-school, academic, and public libraries.



From colonial tavern keepers and antebellum plantation owners to the financiers and CEOs of modern companies, American women have succeeded in business, despite legal barriers, demanding domestic duties, and attitudes about proper gender roles. Today, more than forty percent of small businesses are owned by women, according to the Small Business Administration. A to Z of Women Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs profiles some of the most influential and innovative women in the history of American business. Regionally, chronologically, and culturally inclusive, this single-volume reference features almost 140 biographical essays, each highlighting a woman's achievements and contributions to the world of business and describing how the subject developed her particular skills and talents. A list of suggested readings is included at the end of each entry to encourage readers to conduct further research. Profiles include: Elizabeth Arden: entrepreneur, executive, business owner Mary Musgrove Bosomworth: trading post operator, landowner Elizabeth Murray Inman: business owner, business operator Rebecca Pennock Lukens: executive, manager, owner Lydia Estes Pinkham: entrepreneur, herbalist, author Ellen Louise Curtis Demorest: entrepreneur, business owner Rose Markward Knox: entrepreneur, business executive Katherine Gibbs: entrepreneur, business school founder Madam C. J. Walker: entrepreneur, executive, philanthropist Annie Turnbo Malone: business owner, executive Helena Rubinstein: entrepreneur, executive, philanthropist Liz Claiborne: entrepreneur, designer, executive Muriel F. Siebert: financier, entrepreneur, executive Tere Zubizarreta: executive, entrepreneur Norma Kamali: designer, entrepreneur, business owner Vera Wang: entrepreneur, fashion designer Carly Fiorina: executive Oprah Winfrey: executive, actress, talk-show host, publisher, film producer Debbi Fields: entrepreneur, executive. Excerpted from A to Z of American Women Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs by Victoria Sherrow All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Author's Notep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Ahmanson, Caroline Leonettip. 1
Aitken, Janep. 2
Alvarado, Lindap. 3
Amonette, Ruth M. Leachp. 5
Arden, Elizabethp. 7
Ash, Mary Kayp. 9
Astor, Sarah Toddp. 11
Auerbach, Beatrice Foxp. 13
Ayer, Harriet Hubbardp. 14
Bajaj, Kavellep. 16
Bandy, Dicksie Bradleyp. 17
Barad, Jillp. 18
Bartz, Carolp. 20
Bay, Josephine Perfectp. 21
Beech, Olive Ann Mellorp. 22
Beers, Charlottep. 24
Begoun, Paulap. 25
Behrman, Beatrice Alexanderp. 27
Bishop, Hazel Gladysp. 29
Bissell, Anna Sutherlandp. 30
Black, Cathleenp. 31
Boehm, Helenp. 33
Brown, Clarap. 35
Brunson, Dorothy Edwardsp. 36
Carsey, Marcyp. 39
Chin, Leeannp. 40
Claiborne, Lizp. 42
Craig, Jennyp. 42
Dache, Lillyp. 46
Davidson, Janp. 47
Demorest, Ellen Louise Curtisp. 48
De Wolfe, Elsiep. 49
Evans, Lettie Pate Whiteheadp. 52
Farmer, Fannie Merrittp. 55
Fertel, Ruthp. 56
Fields, Debbip. 57
Fiorina, Carlyp. 59
Ford, Eileenp. 61
Franklin, Ann Smithp. 62
Fudge, Ann M.p. 63
Gibbs, Katharine Ryanp. 65
Gleason, Katep. 66
Goddard, Mary Katherinep. 69
Gordon, Ellen Rubinp. 71
Graham, Bette McMurry Nesmithp. 73
Graham, Katharine Meyerp. 74
Gray, Marie Hermannp. 76
Griswold, Dennyp. 77
Grossinger, Jenniep. 78
Handler, Ruth Moskop. 80
Hariton, Lorrainep. 83
Harper, Martha Matildap. 84
Haughery, Margaret O'Rourke Gaffneyp. 86
Hoffman, Claire Gianninip. 87
Hopkins, Deborah C.p. 88
Husted, Marjorie Childp. 89
Inman, Elizabeth Murray Campbell Smithp. 90
James, Bettyp. 92
Jones, Amanda Theodosiap. 94
Joyner, Marjorie Stewartp. 95
Juliber, Lois D.p. 96
Jung, Andreap. 97
Kamali, Normap. 100
Karan, Donna Faskep. 101
Katen, Karen L.p. 102
Keckley, Elizabeth Hobbsp. 103
Keene, Laurap. 104
Kellogg, Ella Eatonp. 106
King, Henrietta Chamberlainp. 109
Klein, Annep. 109
Knox, Rose Markwardp. 110
Koplovitz, Kay Smithp. 113
Kurtzig, Sandrap. 114
La Forge, Margaret Swain Getchellp. 116
Lansing, Sherry Lee Heimannp. 117
Lauder, Esteep. 118
Lawrence, Mary Wellsp. 121
Laybourne, Gerryp. 123
Lazarus, Shellyp. 124
Lewent, Judyp. 125
Lewis, Tilliep. 126
Lopker, Pamelap. 127
Lukens, Rebecca Webb Pennockp. 128
Malone, Annie Turnbop. 131
Marbury, Elisabethp. 132
Mason, Bridgetp. 133
McCardell, Clairep. 135
McCormick, Nettiep. 136
McGrath, Judithp. 137
Metoyer, Marie-Theresep. 138
Miller, Heidip. 139
Miller, Sydell L.p. 140
Minyard, Liz and Gretchen Minyard Williamsp. 141
Moody, Patricia Ellenp. 142
Moore, Ann S.p. 144
Musgrove Bosomworth, Maryp. 145
Natori, Josie Cruzp. 147
Nelson, Marilyn Carlsonp. 149
Nemeth, Lanep. 150
Nidetch, Jeanp. 152
Omlie, Phoebe Fairgravep. 155
Owades, Ruth Markowitzp. 157
Owen, Dian Gravesp. 158
Pennington, Mary Englep. 161
Philipse, Margaret Hardenbroeck De Vriesp. 162
Pinckney, Eliza Lucasp. 163
Pinkham, Lydia Estesp. 164
Rosenthal, Ida Cohenp. 168
Rowland, Pleasant T.p. 170
Rubinstein, Helenap. 172
Rudkin, Margaret Fogartyp. 174
Sandler, Marionp. 176
Seymour, Mary Footp. 177
Shaver, Dorothyp. 177
Siebert, Muriel F.p. 180
Snider, Staceyp. 181
Stewart, Marthap. 183
Sui, Annap. 185
Taggares, Kathyp. 186
Timothy, Elizabethp. 188
Totino, Rose Crucianip. 190
Townsend, Alair Anep. 192
Tuttle, Julia D.p. 193
VanCaspel, Venita Walkerp. 195
Vernon, Lillianp. 196
Walker, Madame C. J.p. 199
Walker, Maggie Lenap. 202
Wang, Verap. 203
Waters, Alice Louisep. 205
Wheeler, Candace Thurberp. 207
Whitman, Megp. 208
Williams, Terrie M.p. 210
Winblad, Annp. 213
Winfrey, Oprah Gailp. 214
Woodhull, Victoria Claflinp. 216
Wright, Susannap. 218
Wrubel, Priscillap. 219
Zimmerman, Marie Ciesielskip. 221
Zubizarreta, Terep. 222
Recommended Sources on American Women Business Leaders and Entrepreneursp. 225
Entries by Fieldp. 229
Entries by Year of Birthp. 232
General Indexp. 235