10 Companies Founded by Women

iVillage.com
Co-founded by Nancy Evans and Candice Carpenter, a website that provides effective solutions to everyday challenges facing women in their many roles as professionals, parents, friends and partners
 
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Started by Maxine Clark, over 340 stores dedicated to do-it-yourself construction of bear stuffed animals
 
Ning.com
Co-founded by Gina Bianchini, an online platform to help people create their own social networks
 
Spanx
Created by Sara Blakely, revolutionary form-fitting undergarments designed for women 
 
Proactiv
Co-founded by Dr. Katie P. Rodan and Dr. Kathy A. Fields, a skin-care line focusing on preventing acne outbreaks
 
PC Connection
Co-founded by Patricia Gallup, a direct computer and computer accessory supply business 
 
Kathy Ireland Worldwide
Founded by Kathy Ireland, a clothing line sold in over 50,000 stores in 15 countries
 
The Body Shop
Founded by Anita Roddick, over 2,000 stores worldwide selling naturally derived cosmetics, soaps, and lotions
 
Mrs. Field’s Cookies
Created by Debbi Fields, a dessert franchise with over 600 stores in the U.S. and 10 other countries
 
Jimmy Choo Company
Founded by Tamara Mellon, a high-end fashionable shoe line who fame has led to its frequent references in pop culture
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