GirlMogul of the Day – Brownie Wise

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Brownie Wise was the first women to appear on the cover of BusinessWeek in 1954.  Who was she? The genius behind taking Tupperware from just another good idea to a cultural phenenomon.  Brownie Wise was a divorced, single, working mom who made extra money selling cleaning supplies through home parties – gatherings of friends and friends of friends.  She saw Tupperware (invented by Earl Tupper) and realized that the reason it wasn’t selling was because people – women, needed to see it to believe it…So she started selling Tupperware through house parties, eventually getting noticed by the inventor himself.

He invited her to become a Vice President and she focused on marketing and building up the direct sales, home party avenue for sales – and the rest is history.  Tupperware went from obscurity to a cultural icon.  As for Brownie, she managed to become a celebrity in her own right, throwing parties, being hailed by the media, and of course appearing on BusinessWeek.  She was lauded for giving housewives an opportunity to gain some financial freedom while still being able to “stay home.”

Eventually her celebrity caused a rift with company founder Earle Tupper and he uncermoniously fired her.  She was given one year’s severance and walked away with nothing else…. She never saw to it she got any equity.  Somehow her acumen and notoriety never really translated into a successful act.  I haven’t read the book – Unsealed, but reviews and press seem to indicate that it has a lot more information about that part of the story.

So Brownie Wise -pioneering GirlMogul of Her Day – just goes to show that you can do quite a bit without leaving the house.

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GirlMogul of the Day – Sen. Hillary Clinton

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Love her or hate, support her or not, she gets our vote for GirlMogul of the Day because she was able to put “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling.”  Sen Clinton is not afraid to be smart, to be impassioned, and even to shed a tear.  She serves as a reminder for what a women can do when she sets her mind to it, a reminder that not all paths to the top are straight, a reminder that though we may want it, we don’t always get what we want, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have tried, for it’s in the trying, sometimes that the most progress is made.

Michelle Obama's Speech

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I don’t usually stay up to watch party conventions – after all the end is a given, the commentary is tries to hard, and sometimes watching people give speeches in fronts of hundred of thousands of people can be downright painful – oops – a gaffe here, a stumble there.  But I decided to turn into Michelle Obama’s speech – since, after all, she is growing on me.

She hit the right themes – a higher power, the American Dream, hard work, sacrifice, the ability to pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps. All in all, a pretty impressive speech – made all the more so by her poise, confidence, and her show of emotion speaking about the birth of her daughters.   As she said,”He’s the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital 10 years ago this summer, inching along at a snail’s pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands.”

And after all – isn’t that how all of us, mothers & fathers feel?

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