March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and recognize their contributions to society. One area where women have made significant strides is in the field of real estate.


Historically, women have faced many barriers in the male-dominated real estate industry. In the early 20th century, women were often barred from owning property, and those who did were often unable to secure financing. This made it difficult for women to enter the real estate business, as they were often excluded from the networks and resources that were necessary to succeed.


Despite these challenges, women made significant contributions to the real estate industry. One of the earliest women to make a mark in real estate was Belle da Costa Greene, who was the personal librarian and advisor to J.P. Morgan, one of the most powerful men in the financial world. Greene used her position to become a respected art historian and collector, as well as a savvy real estate investor.


Another trailblazer was Henrietta “Hetty” Green, who was known as the “Witch of Wall Street” for her shrewd investments and real estate deals. She inherited a substantial fortune from her father, and through her investments in real estate, railroads, and other ventures, she became one of the wealthiest women in America.


In the mid-20th century, women began to break into the real estate business in greater numbers. In 1963, Joan Kerr became the first woman to be named president of the National Association of Realtors. In 1973, Diane Ramirez became one of the first Latina real estate agents in New York City, and later founded the real estate brokerage Halstead Property.


Today, women make up a significant portion of the real estate industry. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of all Realtors are women, and they are increasingly taking on leadership roles. Women like Belle da Costa Greene, Hetty Green, Joan Kerr, and Diane Ramirez faced significant barriers, but they persevered and made significant contributions to the industry. 


Women's History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of women in real estate. So, we express our deepest gratitude to the women who have conquered the real estate industry and made history. Their achievements and contributions will always be remembered and celebrated.

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