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Women at The Helm

How Melanie Elturk Took Hijab Fashion Mainstream in America

Defying cultural norms, the founder and CEO of Haute Hijab quit her stable job as an attorney to pursue her side hustle full-time.

By Lauren Fisher

Bootstrapped

Why It’s Never Too Late To Launch Your Own Business

Former chemist and mother-of-four Keri O’Shea was in her mid-40s when she felt the desire to “do something besides be a mom.” With co-founder Heather Durst, she launched her swimwear line Blu using a personal investment of $8,500.

By Dana Drori

Still Standing

Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price on Being Black-Founded vs. Black-Owned

The 58-year-old opens up about how she started her beauty brand out of her kitchen in 1993 and sold to L’Oreal in the face of backlash in 2014.

By Jenna Birch

Bootstrapped

How The Sill’s Founder Turned $32,000 Into a Multimillion-Dollar Plant Business

At 26, Eliza Blank launched her DTC houseplant company with nothing but personal savings and a clever Kickstarter campaign.

By Dana Drori

Bootstrapped

Tia Co-Founder Carolyn Witte on the False Illusion of Entrepreneurship

The 30-year-old CEO opens up about how she built a one-stop-shop for women's healthcare—and all the pivots and pitfalls along the way.

By Dana Drori

Women at The Helm

Honey Pot Founder Beatrice Dixon Is Already Plotting Her Exit Strategy

The 38-year-old founder and CEO of the world’s first plant-based feminine care line opens up about her ultimate goal: selling her company.

By Lauren Fisher

TV and Film

How “Summerland” Director Jessica Swale Is Reforming the Film Industry

The accoladed theater director and playwright's highly-anticipated first feature film is a mixed-race lesbian love story set during World War II. Here, Swale opens up about filmmakers' responsibility to make the industry more just, once and for all.

By Anna Jornlid

For Female Founders

How to Run a Business with Your Sibling—Successfully

Starting a business with family can be tough, but Marni and Willa Blank are proof that it can be done successfully. Here, the founders of Blank Studio detail how they’re making it work.

By Anna Jornlid

Bootstrapped

Why a Supportive Family Is the Secret to Success Most Founders Don’t Talk About

Piglet founder Jessica Mason moved in with her mother to launch her bedding company—a decision that proved crucial both financially and emotionally.

By Anna Jornlid

Bootstrapped

Why Spending Money on Childcare Was Imperative to Blueland’s Success

Founder Sarah Paiji Yoo opens up about the most important financial decisions she made—and the ones she most regrets—before launching her zero-waste cleaning line.

By Dana Drori

Bootstrapped

How Bembien Founder Yi-Mei Truxes Built Her It-Bag Brand

The 33-year-old founder opens up about how she grew her side hustle into a profitable business from just $20,000 in savings.

By Anna Jornlid

Bootstrapped

How the Founders of Birdies Raised $10 Million for Their Outdoor Slippers

In 2015, Bianca Gates and Marisa Sharkey invested $100,000 in combined savings to launch Birdies.

By Anna Jornlid

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