October 28, 2009
Dorothy Shaver of Howard County became one of the most respected businesswomen of the twentieth century. In 1921, she went to work for the prestigious New York firm of Lord & Taylor. She quickly advanced up the corporate ladder. In 1945, when she was elected president of the company, she became the first woman in the United States to head a multi-million-dollar firm. In both 1946 and 1947, the Associated Press named her the nation’s outstanding businesswoman.