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

The series of chapters aimed at ages 7-12, by author Sapphire Christine, is described as a “playful historical series (which) will take readers back to the golden age when some of the most important firsts for women in business history happened.”

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

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

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

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