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In 1886, 34 years before women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, our founder, David H. McConnell, helped give them the chance to earn an independent income.

He didn’t set out to create a beauty company. In fact, McConnell was a traveling book salesperson and offered beauty products as an additional perk to his female customers. He saw that these women were more interested in the free perfume samples than the books – and that many of them stayed home while their husbands went off to work. Since women had a passion for his products and loved networking with other women, McConnell was inspired to recruit them as Sales Representatives. From a small New York City office, McConnell himself mixed the company's first fragrances.

This began Avon’s long history of empowering women around the globe.

95 Years before the first woman was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court ...

77 Years before the first woman traveled into space ...

76 Years before the first woman took the reins of a Fortune 500 company ...

34 Years before women in the U.S. had the right to vote ...

17 Years before the first woman won the Nobel Prize ...

Avon offered women the opportunity to be CEOs of their own businesses and control their economic destinies.

Avon has been empowering women for 130 years.



Hagley Museum & Library For in-depth corporate archives, please visit Avon's online digital archive collection at the Hagley Museum. Click here to launch the site.