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Anita Roddick – Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs

Posted by Liz Fuller on September 14, 2007

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One of the fortunes of being a Woman Entrepreneur in the 21st century is that we get to have role models to inspire us.  A generation before us, women were making things up as they went along with no indication whether or not what they were doing made sense.   As intimidating as that may sound, it had a certain appeal to singular, free-spirited, strong-minded individuals.  And it is to those bold, courageous women that many of us owe our inspiration as entrepreneurs.

One such inspiration for me has always been Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop. Anita was one of the orignators of the idea of doing business to do good.  Ecological principles were a foundation of her business with its philosophy of re-use, re-fill and re-cycle. Later, she expanded her social activisim to include human rights, animal rights and sustainable environmental practices. 

Anita traveled the world to gain inspiration and to give assistance.  She was an author, a speaker, a teacher, and an activist.   She was an example for Women Entrepreneurs everywhere who want to achieve success and help the world to be a better place.

Anita passed away Monday from a brain hemorrhage, at the age of 64.  She lived every day of her life as if each moment counted – daring to do all the things that most of us only dream of.

In recent years, Anita maintained a blog that espoused her personal beliefs and strong opinions as well as represented her sense of fun and enthusiasm. 

Anita was a role model for those of us who continue in her spirit. In her words:

“Join me: I want to connect with people who share my outrage over the menace of global business practices, and who, like me, are seeking solutions. But I also want to tell – and hear, from you – stories that lift our spirits, that celebrate how glorious our planet is. Outrage and celebration – let’s run this gamut together.”

In the spirit of outrage and celebration, I invite you to journey with me as we build our businesses, create success for our families, and work together to make the world a better place.

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4 Responses to “Anita Roddick – Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs”

  1. Virinder said

    Hi Liz,

    I have gone thru ur blog and even posted a review on it on http://blogsinformatika.blogspot.com/ . I have another blog called http://managementinformatika.blogspot.com. . this is part of the Blogomania team – an entrepreneurial venture by Management students. I would like to invite you to be a part of this blog, as a co-author. It would be great if u cud tell, us management students about the great women entrepreneurs. Please let me know if you would like to do the same, as we have a good fanfare in India, and I am sure the cross posting would help grow awareness about ur blog.

  2. Virinder said

    http://managementinformatika.blogspot.com/

    I think I have made some mistake in the above URL. do visit the site and let me know

  3. Hello mam
    I am one of the founders of http://www.managementinformatika.blogspot.com and its mother website http://www.blogomania.in . I read your post on Anit Roddick at management blog. As an entrepreneur, I am really inspired by the story. And, i think another icon who can be seen in similar light in beauty business is Shahnaz Hussain.

  4. Liz Fuller said

    Hello Prabal
    Thank you for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed my post on Anita Roddick. I agree that there are similarities with Shahnaz Husain. Miss Husain uses all natural herbal products and the ayurvedic teachings of India. I am also especially impressed with the courses she teaches to deaf women in India – she enables them to become cosmetologists and masseuses and find employment opportunities that might not otherwise have. Miss Husain is trying to do good with her business and for her business – definitely our philosophy at More Than WE Know!!
    Here is a link to information about Shahnaz Husain including a video. http://www.shahnaz-husain.com/press.asp

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