Dragon Diva’s Drive to the Top
Great Women that changed the world
Female entrepreneurs have and continue to shatter ceilings to reach new heights by creating companies, and building fortunes through innovation and their impressive talents. Increasingly these self-made starters are now using social media to cement their brands and build their businesses even more quicker. That in turn has helped the nation’s most successful women become richer than ever before. The net worth of the top 60 self-made women is now on a record of £54 billion, 15% more than in 2017. Today, some of the biggest companies, brands, products and technology innovations are built by women. Most importantly, many women are now building their empires without the help of an inheritance, a business partner, or even a husband. Powerful women from Mandy Haberman to Joanne K Rowling have made enormous fortunes… Stories from Super Housewives:
Mandy Haberman The director and founder of Haberman products and a successful inventor, known for her patent infringement battle and globally acclaimed innovative feeding products. Haberman is also the director of the UK Intellectual Property Office Steering Board, Founder member and Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs and hold the position of Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network. Haberman was originally a graphic designer and become a mother of great invention when her third child was born with Stickler Syndrome and was unable to breast or bottle feed. Her strong desire to help her baby and other children like her, she invented a solution to feed her, that was the Haberman Feeder. Haberman’s second invention was the #Anywayup cup, which was the world’s first totally non-spill toddler cup. It was a huge success, but like many great ideas it was subject to copyright issues, which led to high profile court cases. Luckily it was a success! Whilst things have improved since the legal battles to enforce the Anywayup cup patents. The litigation process costs the same whether you are an independent inventor or a multi-national, and a lone inventor may have to risk personal financial ruin to enforce their intellectual property rights around the world, so this is a commercial decision and one that should not be undertaken lightly!
Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty international when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series, whilst on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. After followed a seven-year period where she saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until the first series of Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone was published in 1997. Rowling has lived a ‘’rags to riches’ life story, where she progressed from living on benefits to being the world’s first billionaire author. She lost her billionaire status after giving so much of her earnings to charity but still remains one of the wealthiest people in the world. Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls worldwide, and are formed on the basis for the women’s rights movement in the nineteenth century and feminist movement during the 20th century. In some countries, these rights are institutionalised or supported by law, local custom and behaviours whereas in other countries women are remain ignored and suppressed. Issues commonly associated with women’s rights include the right to bodily integrity and morals; to be free from sexual violence, to vote, to enter legal contracts, to have equal rights in work, education, own a property, reproduction rights, family law and equal pay. These women are from different backgrounds but they had a common mission – to stop at nothing and do what they believe in: In 1968, nearly 200 female workers walked out of the Ford Motor Co. plant in Dagenham, England, protesting their unequal treatment. The Dagenham women's strike led to widespread attention and important equal pay legislation in the United Kingdom. The Dagenham women were sewing mechanists who made seat covers for the many cars produced by Ford. They protested being placed in the union's B grade of unskilled workers when men who did the same level of work were placed in the semi-skilled C grade. The women also received less pay than men, even men who were also in the B grade or who swept the factory floors.Eventually, the Dagenham women's strike stopped production entirely, since Ford was unable to sell cars without seats. This helped the women and the people watching them realise how important their jobs were.The Dagenham strike ended after Secretary of State for Employment Barbara Castlemet with the women and took up their cause to get them back to work. The women were awarded a pay increase, but the re-grading issue was not resolved until after another strike years later, in 1984, when they were finally classified as skilled workers.Working women throughout the UK benefited from the Dagenham women's strike, which was a precursor to the UK's Equal Pay Act of 1970. The law makes it illegal to have separate pay scales for men and women based on their sex.
In 1990, Joy Mangano, a New York airline booking agent, struggles financially while juggling a complicated family life. Living with Joy are her two children, her mother, her grandmother and her un-employed ex-husband. Frustrated when using a conventional floor mop, Joy designs and builds her innovative self-wringing ‘Miracle Mop’. A wealthy family connection agrees to invest and they contract with a California company to manufacture Joy's new mop at a low price. To avoid a potential patent lawsuit, the company advises Joy to pay $50,000 in royalties to a man in Hong Kong who has a similar product. When the manufacturer repeatedly bills to remake their faulty parts, Joy refuses to pay. After a meeting at QVC, the TV shopping channel agrees to sell her mops and Joy takes out a second mortgage to manufacture 50,000 additional units. The QVC celebrity endorsement incorrectly demonstrates the product and the first TV campaign fails, prompting Joy to demand that she does the second infomercial. The mop sells out, earning thousands of dollars, but Joy's fledgling business is financially jeopardized after the manufacturer excessively overcharges and a contract loophole allows them to fraudulently patent Joy's mop design as their own. She also discovers that there never was a similar product in Hong Kong, and threatens the fraudulent manufacturer with criminal charges unless he refunds the overcharges, pays damages and relinquishes any claim to her patent. Joy becomes a successful independent businesswoman and further sponsors other inventions. In spite of her aging father and half-sister’s unsuccessful lawsuit for ownership of her company, she remains supportive of her family unit.***
An Extract From Author Andrew Segal Tammy Pierre - central character in The Lyme Regis Murder- She is a strong inspirational women - thriving in a man's world - determined to beat them at their own game. Copyright © Andrew Segal 2019 Part of Segal's #Crime Thriller Romance Novels - we will be launching later in April According to the psychologist the human brain cannot imagine anything it has not tasted, smelled, touched or seen, (colour?) before. So, everything we supposedly invent is a developing amalgam of our life’s memories and experiences. That’s how Tammy Pierre, private investigator was first conceived. An idea based on experience. Here’s how my ex-wife is Trinidadian, of mixed race and preferences, tall, 5’9”, though not 6’ like Tammy. She also has a phenomenal memory, superb culinary skills, can drink any man under the table, (according to a colleague who witnessed it at a party I missed) and reckoned she was physically well enough equipped to see off any male attacker.
That’s as far as the basic character goes. Tammy’s French mother from a banking family, the cocaine habit, cigar smoking, skills in krav maga, love of classical music and literature were my add-ons.
I was tired of impoverished private eyes, living solitary lives with, rare, if conventional relationships, and instead looked to develop a character enjoying personal wealth, albeit inherited, and sought to produce a woman with common weaknesses and flaws, (her uncontrollable temper, sexual infidelities), as well as her undeniable strengths. What surprised me was the number of readers who actually related to facets of Tammy’s character. Above all, what seemed to resonate with many, from the comments I received was perhaps, the agony faced by so many when compelled to choose between more than one life partner when one loves then both. The theme is developed further in The Black Candle Killings, the sequel to The Lyme Regis Murders.
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"as he pulled the bed-sheet and covering blanket up as far as his chin, he had a new thought. Did things really have to go on being that mixture? Was there nothing he could do to get more control over what was happening to and around him? "
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