Successful Women Writers, Entrepreneurial Exemplars

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circa 1923:  American author Willa (Sibert) Cather (1873 - 1947) uses a ledge while writing outdoors during a vacation in New Hampshire.  (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images) circa 1923: American author Willa (Sibert) Cather (1873 – 1947) uses a ledge while writing outdoors during a vacation in New Hampshire. (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Writing in the New Yorker‘s website section titled Page-Turner, Joan Acocella posted recently about the tendency of women writers, historically, to begin their writing careers later than their male counterparts.  She uses Willa Cather’s case as an example and draws a conclusion that could  as easily be applied to entrepreneurship (bold added below to highlight the conclusion):

…By her thirties, she had acquired a very good job, as the managing editor of McClures, an important New York magazine. She got to go to Europe and meet famous writers. But secretly she herself wanted to be a writer. She was sure she could not be. The most honored novelist of that time, the nineteen-tens, was Henry James: refined…

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