Binders of Women

Women’s sway isn’t confined to religious or charity work anymore, and ladies are no longer content to sweat behind the scenes. Victories in business have led to leadership in philanthropy, which—in a crescendo of power—has now progressed to assertion in politics for women like Melanie Sabelhaus.

Sabelhaus felt blessed in 1997 when she took her company public. She was suddenly very wealthy and could easily retire, but as the daughter of an Ohio steelworker, Sabelhaus had always worked. As CEO of Exclusive Interim Properties, she’d led her seventy-five employees through four mergers and an IPO, and she’d remained on the board of the combined firm, BridgeStreet Accommodations, for a year before retiring. But now she sat at home ...

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