Brilliant Businesswomen Who Were Way Ahead of Their Time

Since the dawn of civilization, women have played a major role in the working world, helping out with farming, toiling away in guild workshops, and taking on heavy-duty labor in factories, even as the leading thinkers of the time labeled them as little more than delicate, hysteria-prone housekeepers. In fact, it has only been in the last century, and especially the past few decades, that women have really been able to play an open and independent role in building and leading their own entrepreneurial ventures, with many women today owning, running, and establishing major businesses.