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Nantucketer Margaret Getchell LaForge, a mastermind behind Macy’s stores, is the first of three businesswomen in history to be featured in a planned “Hidden Gems” series of books for children.

The chapter book series aimed at ages 7-12, by author Sapphire Christine, is described as a “playful historical series (which) will transport readers back to the gilded age where some of the most important beginners for women in business history took place.”

Getchell (who later took the married name LaForge) was America’s first female director of retail, and in a Kickstarter campaign – aiming to raise $ 12,000 by May 31 – Christine notes: “These women’s achievements in the business world deserve to be remembered Children need to see more female role models lead companies. “

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Getchell was born on the island in 1841. As Macy’s superintendent, Getchell is described by the Nantucket Historical Association as transforming Macy’s into the first modern department store.

What was at one time also the world’s largest department store was founded by Nantucket native Rowland Hussey Macy, later discovered to be a distant cousin of Getchell, the association says.

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