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Entrepreneurs

Marion Simon Misch

Marion Simon Misch was doubly remarkable first as a Jewish community leader beginning in her teens and later as the first woman in New England to run a department store.

Abigail Minis

Remarkable in every sense for her time, Abigail Minis ran multiple successful businesses while supplying rebel troops during the American Revolution.

Sally Milgrim

Sally Milgrim flourished not only as a successful department store owner but as one of the foremost fashion designers of her day, creating gowns for Broadway stars and First Ladies alike.

Gertrude Geraldine Michelson

Gertrude Geraldine “G.G.” Michelson’s trailblazing corporate career included a number of important firsts, from the first female member of the New York State Financial Control Board to the first female chair of the board of trustees of an Ivy League school.

Ellen Lehman Mccluskey

Interior design maven Ellen Lehman McCluskey shaped the look and feel of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and businesses, including the Plaza, the Waldorf–Astoria, and Regency hotels.

Etta Wedell Mastbaum

Etta Wedell Mastbaum’s collection of sculptures, letters, and memorabilia of Auguste Rodin helped preserve the artist’s work for generations to enjoy.

Lane Bryant Malsin

Lane Bryant Malsin revolutionized the clothing industry with her classy maternity wear and clothes for plus-size women.

Mary Ann Cohen Magnin

Mary Ann Cohen Magnin rose to stunning success at the turn of the century as the founder of I. Magnin and Company, an exclusive chain of women’s clothing stores.

Charlotte Lipsky

Charlotte Schacht Lipsky found an unusual balance between activism and pragmatism: on the one hand, a follower of the revolutionary Emma Goldman, on the other, the owner of a successful interior decorating business.

Belle Levy

The second private detective licensed in New York State, Belle Levy created a detective agency in the 1920s that cracked cases across America.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Entrepreneurs." (Viewed on December 18, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/entrepreneurs>.

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