Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs

1776 to the Present

by Jeannette M. Oppedisano


Adds women's entrepreneurial stories to recorded history and provides a resource to researchers and educators in the fields of entrepreneurship, business, management, sociology, economics, and women's studies.

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September 2000


Pages 312
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Women's Studies/Business and Labor
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This encyclopedia contains the biographies of over 100 women, from Clara Barton to Oprah Winfrey, who come from diverse backgrounds, races, age groups, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and geographic locations. From 1776 to the present, these women have initiated organizations; taken human, physical, and financial risk in these endeavors; and have had an economic impact locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. This, by definition, makes them entrepreneurs, the same as their male counterparts. However, many of the women have been unacknowledged by recorded history. This book, therefore, adds women's entrepreneurial stories to the historical record and provides a resource to researchers and educators in the fields of entrepreneurship, business, management, sociology, economics, and women's studies. It also will be of interest to young women—potential entrepreneurs—seeking role models for their own endeavors in the free enterprise system of the United States.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionThe EncyclopediaSelected BibliographyIndex



[T]his volume will fill a gap in many reference collections where it is difficult to provide good resources for women in business and management.—Lawrence Looks at Books

The author's goal is to show women's contributions to the nation's economy and to provide role models to young women. She has succeeded admirably....outstanding addition to the field of women's studies. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.—Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin


A seminal work providing rare and precious insights in the `transparent' world of creative genius, perseverance, and courage inhabited by the women whose lives, challenges and triumphs Dr. Oppedisano weaves in such a fine and crisp fabric. I expect the book to become standard reference in a number of programs on entrepreneurship as well as women in business and women in technology around the country and the world....I hope this will be the first of a series of works of such high caliber and value-added by her and others in this field.—Elias G. Carayannis^LAssociate Professor of Management, Technology, and Entrepreneurship^LSchool of Business and Public Management^LThe George Washington University^L

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