Quotation by Hortense Odlum

The home is a woman's natural background.... From the beginning I tried to have the policy of the store reflect as nearly as it was possible in the commercial world, those standards of comfort and grace which are apparent in a lovely home.
Hortense Odlum (1892–?), U.S. businesswoman. A Woman's Place, ch. 7 (1939).

A longtime homemaker, Odlum had assumed the presidency of Bonwit Teller, a women's store in New York City, at the request of her husband, who had a financial interest in it. Though she had never held a job before, she saved the failing store and guided it to prosperity.
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