Mabel Baker was the first woman in America to start her own candle company. What started out as a simple idea to make bayberry candles to give as Christmas gifts to friends, eventually ended up being a company that would go on to become the largest industrial employer on Cape Cod.

Fifteen years after she began making her cottage industry candles in her Cape Cod kitchen, the 19th amendment to the US constitution was signed and Mabel, like many women in America, was finally able to vote in US elections.

While nothing radical happened overnight on August 26, 1920, when women were granted the right to vote, over the years, it allowed women to run for office and hold elected positions, as well as have a vote in who would be running the country on a state, local and federal level.

We celebrate Women’s Equality Day by thanking all the tenacious American women who pioneered a way forward, like Sandra Day O’Conner, Shirley Chisholm and Madeline Albright. Like Mabel Baker, they took an idea and worked hard to make it flourish, not only for themselves, but for future generations.

Thank you to all the women in America.

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