You've come a long way, baby!

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By The Staff

In today's issue, readers will see five pages devoted to National Business Women's Week in October.

On these pages, there are advertisements in honor of local women in business as well as feature stories about three Taylor County women who do their best to contribute to their community.

This year's stories are about Linda Clark, Jane Wheatley and Karen Patton. Clark owns her own catering business, Wheatley is CEO at Taylor Regional Hospital and Patton renovated a building in downtown and started a day spa and salon.

Why single out women in business, you might wonder?

National Business Women's Week is an opportunity to recognize and highlight the progress that women have made as business owners and entrepreneurs.

According to the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, there are 7.2 million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States today. These firms employ 7.3 million people and generate $1.1 trillion in sales.

Yet, just 20 years ago, it was still legal to require a woman to have a male co-signer before receiving a business loan.

Women have made great strides in the business world, and that progress needs to be recognized.