Four Women who saw a need, filled it and then killed it (in a good way)

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women (Yay us!). The four women below identified a unique need and created entire careers around it—successful careers at that.

Check out these boss ladies that inspire.


Jane Mount is the owner of Ideal Bookshelf.  She paints the books that speak, shape and captivate each individual allowing them to  create their ideal bookshelf. From classics to autobiographies  to children’s books, there’s no limit or restriction on a person’s dream bookshelf. In a world of Kindles this is a nostalgic and personalized way to hold memories on a figurative shelf.

What’s on your ideal shelf? bookshelf


Emily McDowell gives words to those without them at a time when they are needed the most. Emily creates empathy cards with a kick. A cancer survivor herself, Emily heard everything she didn’t want to hear out of those with the best intentions. She saw the fumbling and forced words that came from a good place, but overall were unhelpful, unsympathetic and at best ineffective.

When her friend passed away from the same disease she beat, others came to her for advice on what to say. Emily saw that there’s a serious need we as humans have to express our empathy for those going through lows in life but a real struggle and awkwardness doing so.

Ann Wroe is the Obituaries Editor of The Economist. As strange as this may sound, if I died tomorrow (hopefully not the case) I would want Ann Wroe to write my obit.

It isn’t what Ann writes that’s so fascinating, it’s how she writes it.

Ann shared in an interview with NPR that when a person passes away she doesn’t speak with friends or family to learn about them. Instead she heads straight to the library to seek out an autobiography,  then scours the internet using odd search terms to unearth hidden gems. She isn’t interested in how other people saw this person, she is interested in how they saw themselves.  When the moment to write finally comes, Ann “channels” the individual and puts pen to paper using their voice.

Shay Cochrane is a product stylist and commercial photographer born with entrepreneurial-ism in her blood. Her first sale was at 6 years old!

Realizing that small businesses, bloggers and creatives of all kind needed access to curated visuals, her “styled stock” concept became an overnight sensation. Using color pallets specific to each brand she produces bespoke and beautiful images for clients across the globe.


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