The author is no stranger to writing, as she was an English teacher in a rough inner suburb of Texas, and then moved to Abu Dhabi, where she became a freelance writer. It is this range of experiences that has helped her cover these stories of entrepreneurial women so professionally.
Stories are told of the journeys of successful women, who turned “their ideas into highly profitable businesses”. The common thread throughout all of these stories is the daring and risk taking made by women, and the juggling of their personal life to achieve their goals.
The book is presented in sections, under which each woman is listed. Some of these are, “Women in the Media, Medical Innovators, Networking Women, and Women doing things their own way”.
Each woman was written about in depth and where possible, personal interviews were held to discuss the stories. The birth, childhood and background of each person have been carefully related, as are the early pointers to their success.
For example, Oprah Winfrey was encouraged to participate in public speaking by her grandmother, and always was given a positive sense of self. Kirsty Dunphey, a Realtor to Loan Office, saw her wealthy family go bankrupt as a child, and vowed never to experience that drama again. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founded her company in India, and was refused a loan unless her father went guarantor. Enzyme technology was a new idea back then in 1978, and for the first few years, her Company operated out of a shed.
Together, with many other women who have created an Empire, where there was a vacuum before, the author has experienced great diversity in her working life. We read about these women of fashion and art, their childhoods, dreams, adversities and courage. The bitter- sweet is evident in most of these stories, as sacrifice on many levels is needed to ensure the continuity of a dream.
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