August 3, 2011

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Welcome: Discover the Buried Story of the Creator of Modern Franchising

Harper’s  franchising system empowered and enriched poor women, as well as herself! •Servant Girl Creates 500 Franchises Around the World Bound out into servitude from the time she was seven years old, Martha Matilda Harper knew she had to change her life. •From Suffrage to Franchising Susan B. Anthony while campaigning for suffrage cited Harper […]

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June 3, 2021

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Graduation Goals

If you simply help yourself, your success is only half accomplished.

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April 9, 2021

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Capitalizing on Your Assets

If a poor immigrant woman can change her life…, any of us can do something concrete to change our lives. The key is capitalizing on your assets.

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February 18, 2021

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Women’s Equality Goes Beyond the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

COVID’s devastation affected the world’s way of life including many of us in the United States who wanted to showcase the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. It is shameful it took over seventy years to enact women’s suffrage, including overcoming a horrid 1875 Supreme Court ruling (Minor v. Hapersetts) in which the Court ruled that […]

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November 29, 2020

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Enterprising for Change

Why would Martha Matilda Harper, an indentured servant for 25 years become a changemaker? Why would Jane Plitt, an award winning businesswoman, become a changemaker and shift careers? Insights to those determined women and over 200 women who have often been forgotten by history, are spotlighted at the recently opened exhibit “The Changemakers: Rochester Women […]

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September 2, 2020

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Women’s Equality Goes Beyond the Vote

As our country has just commemorated the 100th anniversary of women finally getting the vote, we all recognize that women’s equality has a long way to go. Martha Matilda Harper (plus Susan B. Anthony and many suffragists) understood that women’s economic empowerment was essential for women to gain control over their lives. Let’s be sure […]

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July 15, 2020

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Martha’s Spirit and Wisdom Live On

As the world struggles with this pandemic, many of us are being overwhelmed by the negativity that surrounds us daily.  Thousands dying, thousands being afflicted, all adding up to millions. Having been a fan of Martha’s for nearly 25 years, I often think about her and how she would respond.  She led her  entire world […]

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May 11, 2020

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Martha’s Advice to Businesses in this Time of Crisis

As this pandemic undermines our personal and organizational well-being, Martha Matilda Harper’s strategic approach to business and personal success would guide us forward.  Her life was full of crisis, examples include when she: -was bound out into servitude at age seven -immigrated from Canada to Rochester , NY as a poor servant -protected her mistress […]

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December 20, 2019

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With Thanks to Martha!

As another holiday season approaches, I find myself reflecting on the chance clipping I found  that first introduced me to Martha Matilda Harper.  That clipping said Harper was the first woman member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, but when I called the Chamber, they had no clue who she was, but said, “Let us […]

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June 8, 2019

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From Women Getting the Vote to Women Getting Their Own Pocketbooks

The celebrations have started  for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment  which passed on June 4, 1919,.  That constitutional action gave women the right to vote as of Aug. 26, 1920 . Discussing women’s suffrage brings up Martha Matilda Harper. Susan B. Anthony and other suffragists understood that women gaining the right to vote […]

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