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Workforce analysts foresee that by 2018, more than half of the United States' small business jobs will be provided by woman-run businesses. This projection is striking when compared to the whirlwind history of women in business. 

The industrialization and urbanization of America during the Progressive Era propelled women into the workforce but provided little opportunity for creative enterprises. A few women broke from the mold, exercising their creativity and resourcefulness to carve a path that others would follow. Before long, female entrepreneurs would transform countless fields of industry, from housewares and health to science and information technology.

With a keen awareness that there are still big strides to be made in eliminating the gender wage gap, this infographic delves into the varied history of pioneering women, some well-known and others less publicly prominent.\

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