Avon Ladies

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Ding-dong…”Avon Calling!”

Before women’s liberation and the feminist movement of the 70’s, women’s career opportunities were limited. If they were not satisfied being housewives or homemakers, societal norms disallowed them to pursue other avenues.

It’s no wonder, then, that when Avon came calling, women answered.

The “Avon Lady,” the woman down the street who had the goods - literally - could be found across the country in almost every city and town. Avon the company, sold cosmetics, toiletries and related items, and for whatever the reasons, women embraced the opportunities to finally be their own bosses. Things changed and the world opened up for female ambition eventually, but in its heyday, Avon and its army of saleswomen, was a force to be reckoned with.