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Market Women: Black Women Entrepreneurs Past, Present and Future

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The term “Market Women” often evokes scenes of women selling produce in open air markets. However, it can also be interpreted differently, used to describe smart, savvy entrepreneurial women of the present. The paper, based on my book of the same name, traces the economic activity and achievements of women of the African Diaspora from 10,000 years ago to the present in the US. I will introduce often untold and underappreciated stories of Black women who made significant contributions to the economic development of their communities and their country. The focus of the paper presentation will be a chronological discussion of women in business from Hapshetsut, the powerful Market Women of Ancient Africa, through African-American women in the Colonial and AnteBellum eras in the US to the early 20th century.
The presentation will document the unbroken thread of entrepreneurial traditions, strategies and values of African women entrepreneurs to Black women business owners in the US, including connections to the Black women entrepreneurs in the 21st century. Sankofa, the Adinkra symbol of the wisdom of learning from the past, is the guiding principal of the book and the paper. The lessons learned from past and present Market Women serve as guides to future entrepreneurs. Strategies for success, including cooperative economic ventures and an expanded definition of success based on African humanistic and cultural values will be posited.
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Smith, Cheryl. "Market Women: Black Women Entrepreneurs Past, Present and Future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p433307_index.html>

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Smith, C. A. , 2010-09-29 "Market Women: Black Women Entrepreneurs Past, Present and Future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p433307_index.html

Publication Type: Individual Paper
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Abstract: The term “Market Women” often evokes scenes of women selling produce in open air markets. However, it can also be interpreted differently, used to describe smart, savvy entrepreneurial women of the present. The paper, based on my book of the same name, traces the economic activity and achievements of women of the African Diaspora from 10,000 years ago to the present in the US. I will introduce often untold and underappreciated stories of Black women who made significant contributions to the economic development of their communities and their country. The focus of the paper presentation will be a chronological discussion of women in business from Hapshetsut, the powerful Market Women of Ancient Africa, through African-American women in the Colonial and AnteBellum eras in the US to the early 20th century.
The presentation will document the unbroken thread of entrepreneurial traditions, strategies and values of African women entrepreneurs to Black women business owners in the US, including connections to the Black women entrepreneurs in the 21st century. Sankofa, the Adinkra symbol of the wisdom of learning from the past, is the guiding principal of the book and the paper. The lessons learned from past and present Market Women serve as guides to future entrepreneurs. Strategies for success, including cooperative economic ventures and an expanded definition of success based on African humanistic and cultural values will be posited.


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