When it comes to being a woman starting or running a business, there are fewer examples and fewer mentors to turn to. That's because women, historically, have had more limited opportunities and resources-and the stories of women who built something out of nothing have gotten less attention, too.
But if you look far enough into the history of women in business, you'll find some pretty inspiring stories to guide you as you make your way forward in creating and running a successful business. Take Massachusetts's own Karen Kaplan: She got her start as a receptionist-and she didn't even know how to type. Eventually, through ambition, education, training, and smarts, she worked her way up to head of an advertising firm that bills over $2 billion each year.
Of course, there are other more well-known examples, such as Oprah Winfrey. She's got countless lessons about starting from very little and working your way up, as well as overcoming obstacles that are particular to being a woman in business. Use this graphic to find even more inspiration.
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