A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 16, 2015
“Behind every successful woman is herself”

“Behind every great man is a great woman” is an old saying. “Behind every successful woman is herself” is a saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as posters and plaques. The saying first appeared in advertisements in women’s magazines in 1981-82.


Google Books
Ms. Magazine
1981
Pg. 206:
“Behind Every Successful Woman is Herself,”

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Working Woman
Volume 7, Issues 1-6
1982
Pg. 38:
“Behind Every Successful Woman Is Herself.”

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December 1986, Mother Jones magazine, pg. 55, col. 1 ad:
Behind Every Successful Woman is Herself

Google News Archive
1-7 May 1988, The Blade (Toledo, OH), “Owens Tech Success Stories,” Toledo Magazine, pg. 8, col. 1:
Wearing a button that says, “Behind Every Successful Woman Is Herself,” Ms. Kelly, now 40, looks directly at her companion as they talk.

Google Groups: alt.peeves
WTF Bumper Sticker
Anton Sherwood
5/19/01
Rob Novak writes
: “Behind Every Successful Woman Is Herself”
: WTF?

It means that to succeed you need to turn your back to the mirror occasionally.

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Behind Every Successful Woman Is Herself
Bart Jackson
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Apr 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
Women of business today are doing it just right. And it is wonderful to behold. They have taken the bull by the horns and are enthusiastically growing their careers and companies. This book is penned and dedicated to those women seeking business success and satisfaction. From career launching to finding your seat in the board room or taking your own firm global, experienced experts point the way to what works and what blunders to avoid. Here is a solutions book containing the ideas, techniques, disciplines , and mindsets of hundreds of business leaders. There is no mere cheerleading nor bemoaning of glass ceilings in these pages - rather here are proven methods that have carried other business leaders forward, and hopefully will carry you toward your goals.

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Rumi Catherine
‏@RumiCatherine
“Behind every successful woman is herself.” Tshirt sighting in Capitol Hill.
6:26 PM - 25 May 2015

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Lloyd Gondranios
‏@lloydygagaaa
“Behind a successful man is a woman. Behind a successful woman is herself.”
10:47 AM - 28 May 2015

The Odyssey
15 Sayings to Help You Succeed in Life
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Julia Bauer in Lifestyle on Jun 9, 2015
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3. Behind every successful woman is herself.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, July 16, 2015 • Permalink