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Celebrating Women … Great Women that changed the world

Celebrating Women

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!

Joy Mangano… was born on Long Island, New York, on February 15, 1956, and raised in Huntington. Mangano went on be known as an inventor of practical household products, and she got started with her ideas at an early age: Whilst working at an animal hospital as a teenager, Mangano devised a fluorescent flea collar for cats and dogs to make them easily visible to cars at night. After college, she went on to hold a variety of jobs while getting married and having three children. By 1989, Mangano was divorced and living in Smithtown, New York, and she found that her first idea would be inspired by the daily grind of housework. Mangano took her frustration with one aspect of it, mopping, and spent a couple of years developing a product that would help make the task easier. She called it the Miracle Mop.With a little advertising and a lot of hard work, Magano managed to sell a few thousands of the mops in her first year, with her children helping her to fill the orders.The product wasgetting a small foothold in the market, but the next step would take the Miracle Mop and Mangano to the next level.The next level was found on TV, when in 1992 Mangano pitched the Miracle Mop to QVC executives. It hit the air without its creator and didn’t do very well, so Mangano suggested that if she appeared on the broadcast the next time, the mop would move.  Her first appearance on QVC helped the Miracle Mop sell out more than 18,000 mops in less than a half an hour. But that was just the beginning, for both the Miracle Mop and Mangano’s success. She has since sold millions of Miracle Mops and has created scores of other products, such as Rolykit, Huggable Hangers and the Piatto Bakery Box.In 2014, it was reported that Mangano’s rags to riches life story would be coming to the big screen in a David O. Russell biopic, Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Mangano.
BILLIE JEAN KING an American former WorldNo.1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles. 12 in singles and 16 in women’s doubles and 11 in mixed doubles. She won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. She often represented the United States during the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. King is an advocate for gender equality and has been a known pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at the age of 29, she won the ‘’Battle of the Sexes’’ tennis match against the self-proclaimed chauvinist male old Bobby Riggs, received the Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.  King’s triumph at the French Open in 1972, made the fifth woman in tennis history to win the singles titles at all four Grand Slam events, a "career Grand Slam.  She also won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. 
MIA HAMM- An American retired professional soccer player, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time FIFA women’s world cup champion. She played as a forward for the United States Women’s national soccer team from 1987-2004.  She was the face of the Women’s United Soccer Association, the first professional women’s soccer league in the United States, where she played for the Washington Freedom from 2001-2003.Hamm held the record for the most international goals scored by women or men, until 2013, now currently in third place behind former teammate Abby Wambach and Canadian striker Christine Sinclair as of 2017. She currently ranks third in the history of the U.S. national team for international caps (276) and first for career assists (144). Hamm was twice named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. Ham also won three ESPY awards including Soccer Player of the Year and Female athlete of the year. She was also inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Joanne K Rowling- A British novelist, philanthropist, film producer, television producer and screen writer, born in Yate, Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Rowling is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have won numerous awards and sold more than 500 million copies, which become the best-selling book series in history. 

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.

Mother Theresa A nun and missionary known in the Catholic church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, devoted her life to caring for the sick and poor. Born in Macedonia to parents of Albanian-decent and having taught in India for 17 years.  Teresa experienced her calling in 1946 of establishing a hospice centre for the blind, aged and disabled and a leper. 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonised on September 4, 2016. Margaret Sanger felt that no woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body’’. Sanger believed that Women’s access birth control was a necessary part of women's rights. 1920’s Sanger put aside her radical tactics in order to focus on getting mainstream support for legal contraception. She founded the American Birth Control League in 1921 and two years later her Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau opened its doors. The Bureau kept detailed patient records that proved the efficacy and safety of birth control. Miracle Behind Mrs MopWritten By Michael Taylor

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.

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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.    

BOOK OF THE WEEKInto full Sunlight by Tom Rubens

A romantic novel about a young teenager’s transformation into an adult. It captures his first sexual encounter with a student at university. Extract: Into Full Sunlight by Tom Rubens© 2019

"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? "

It will be available to purchase in 22 March https://www.happylondonpress.com/into-full-sunlight Amazon - http://bit.ly/intofullsun If you would like to be one of the chosen few and can give me some feedback please email Lou atHappylondon@gmx.co.ukto become a BETA-READER. 

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