Susan B. Anthony & Women-Owned Businesses

In 1820, Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. She was a very smart girl who learned to read and write at age 3. When her family moved to New York, Susan attended a public school where her teacher refused to teach her the more advanced lessons because of her gender. Unfortunately, Susan learned at a very early age that boys were allowed a better education than girls. She could see that this was unfair and it made her angry. She couldn’t understand why girls weren’t allowed the same opportunities as boys. As an adult, Susan wanted to be a teacher. She believed this would be a good way to express and share her views on equality.

In 1869, Susan B. Anthony joined forces with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and founded the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. This movement set out to earn women the right to vote and fought very hard to have the laws changed. In 1906, Susan B. Anthony died. Unfortunately, she did not live to see women awarded the right to vote in 1920.

Susan B. Anthony is honored on the 1979 – 81 and 1999 U.S. dollar coins. It is a small honor to mark the huge contribution she made to the women’s suffrage movement.

In many countries, women still do not have the right to go to school, own property, or vote. The United States are very fortunate that women have made such strides in this country. By law, women must be treated equally to men. This means that woman can vote, own property and own businesses. Women-owned businesses are on the rise in this country. These businesses are essential to our economy and to the shape of our future.

Count Me In is a non-profit organization that was founded 10 years ago to help women entrepreneurs develop their businesses. It was started by Nell Merlino who founded the “Take Your Daughters to Work Day”. Ms. Merlino started the organization in the 1970’s after she learned that women needed a male co-signer to get a business loan. She also learned that half the businesses in the U.S. are started by women but less than 5% ever make it to over $1 million in revenue. With the help of Count Me In, many women-owned businesses are growing and making over $1 million. To learn more about this organization, visit www.makemineamillion.org.

One company who has benefitted by the Count Me In organization is Rapport International. Rapport International is a woman-owned, full-service translation and interpretation company based in metro-west Boston. Because of the pioneering efforts of strong women, Wendy Pease is able to pursue her dream of owning and developing a business. Executive Director Ms. Pease has an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from the Pennsylvania State University in Foreign Service with a minor in Business Administration. Ms. Pease has lived abroad in Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines. She is regularly published with articles on exporting and multilingual work forces. She also speaks on global communications, translation, interpretation and cultural considerations. Ms. Pease is an expert on diversity training and international marketing communications. Rapport International offers foreign language translation and interpretation services in over 100 languages.

Categories: Culture & Diversity, Language Translation

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