International Women’s Day: 52 female leaders making moves in the U.S.

To celebrate International Women’s Day and the brave ladies who went out on a whim to be their own #girlboss — we present 52 female entrepreneurs you should know.

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In March we wear green, make brackets and count down the days until spring can officially begin. And most importantly, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the history and the feats of women who continue to radically challenge gender biases and disparities, unapologetically and with passion.


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One fascinating sector is female entrepreneurism, which continues to grow across all industries, ethnicities and age groups. It’s estimated 849 new businesses are started by women every single day in the United States. And over the past two decades, female-owned firms have grown by an impressive 114%. Even with this hopeful numbers, women only take home a small portion of the seed money available, regardless of the fact they’re more likely to turn a revenue than their male counterparts.

To celebrate International Women’s Day and the brave and smart ladies who went out on a whim to be their own #girlboss — we’re excited to announce and present the female entrepreneurs to watch in every state (plus Washington D.C.) from New York to West Virginia to Ohio to Texas to California. These powerhouses are fashion designers, master chefs, marketing leaders, philanthropic badasses — and so much more.

We’ve divided the list into five geographical regions (links below). Get inspired — and make sure you follow-up with these women. They’re just getting started!

International Women’s Day: Celebrating the female leaders making moves in the Northeast

International Women’s Day: Celebrating the female leaders making moves in the Southeast

International Women’s Day: Celebrating the female leaders making moves in the Midwest

International Women’s Day: Celebrating the female leaders making moves in the Southwest

International Women’s Day: Celebrating the female leaders making moves in the West


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Lindsay Tigar|is a seasoned lifestyle and travel writer