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MAKERS Profiles Entrepreneur Partners, Body Builder

Jul 25, 2012

The library now includes nearly 115 videos showcasing women trailblazers of the past half century. This week, see the stories of two friends turned retail entrepreneurs who founded an Internet startup and the woman who put the sport of women's bodybuilding on the map.

Longtime friends Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson are two of the founding partners of Gilt Groupe. Launched in 2007, the ecommerce startup specializes in bringing luxury sample sales to the online community through 36-hour deals. Originally offering discounts on designer women's clothing and accessories, Gilt Groupe has since expanded to over 1,000 employees and now includes Gilt Man, Gilt City, Gilt Taste, Jetsetter, and Park and Bond. In 2012, Maybank and Wilson released a book documenting their journeys and encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly amongst women, "By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop."

Rachel McLish is a female bodybuilding champion, actress and author. When she earned the inaugural Ms. Olympia bodybuilding title in 1980, she put the sport of women's bodybuilding on the map and became an international role model for women's and girls' fitness. Fashion-model beautiful, she dispelled commonly held notions about female bodybuilders as being necessarily masculine and unattractive. She was a leader in making physical fitness as much a part of women's lives as it had always been for men.

Learn more about McLish by watching this video:

Also this week on, read Gloria Steinem's blog about astronaut Sally Ride, who died this week at age 61.