Dorothy Shaver

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Dorothy Shaver was born in Center Point, Arkansas back in 1893 to James and Sallie. The family moved to Mena when she was 5. She graduated from high school in 1910. She went on to the University of Arkansas graduating in 1914, after graduation she began her teaching career which ended in 1914.

In 1916, she moved to Chicago with her sister Elsie, a year later the sisters moved to New York City. Her sister Elsie began making dolls out of bandage cotton painted in pastel colors, which Dorothy began to sell to Lord and Taylor. The company ran by Samuel Reyburn set the sisters up with a workshop producing the dolls for the next 4 years.

Samuel hired Dorothy in 1921, she established an interior decorating service later to be elected to the store’s board of directors in 1927. By 1931 she founded the Fashion Group for Lord and Taylor. In 1945, she succeeded Walter Hoving as president of Lord and Taylor with a salary of $110,000.00. by 1947 she was managing a $40 million-dollar business.

What you may not know about Dorothy is that she was the first woman in the United States to head a multimillion-dollar firm. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, a penny in your pocket, you’ll be richer than most people on the planet.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

 A six figure income in those days was a real WOW...!

Jul 11, 2018 03:19 AM #1
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

That level in todays money is truly amazing. She must have really been an extraordinary human.

Jul 11, 2018 03:34 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray Dorothy Shaver was a true pioneer in the retail business for all women.... and who doesn't like Lord & Taylor?????

Jul 11, 2018 03:34 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. She was a first and rewarded well for her talent in those days which she obviously deserved. Enjoy your day!

Jul 11, 2018 04:56 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

She showed early on that a woman is a very valuable asset to a strong company, I am not sure why it took the world so long to figure that out.

Jul 11, 2018 06:50 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story you shared with us.  Funny enough California does not have a Lord & Taylor.  It is a wonderful store. A

Jul 11, 2018 06:55 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now there's a person all women should know about! Such a shame that Lord & Taylor is disappearing. They've just closed their flagship Fifth Avenue store. Broke my heart... so many memories for me of the store since the 1950's and also where I purchased my wedding dress.

Jul 11, 2018 07:00 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - any more followed her.  Lord and Taylor was my mother in law's favorite store.

Jul 11, 2018 07:27 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon again James. This is a terrific read and I was happy to learn of this gifted woman.

Jul 11, 2018 10:20 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

From the looks of it she earned every step of the ladder on her way up and broker ground for those to follow.

Jul 11, 2018 11:37 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- cheers to Dorothy Shaver!!!!  That's quite an achievement. 

Jul 11, 2018 04:37 PM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Dorothy Shaver was worth every cent of that salary, I bet James...

Jul 11, 2018 08:46 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Very impressive, James. I did not know her know but am certainly very familiar with Lord & Taylor!


Jul 11, 2018 09:08 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow and she ran a great company, I remember when we lived in Boston, we used to go shop at Lord & Taylor preferred it over Bloomingdale as well as Macy's Endre

Jul 12, 2018 12:18 AM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

I really liked Lord & Taylor and so glad she broke through the glass ceiling!

Jul 12, 2018 05:07 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Greatand fantastic story.  Congratulations, Dorothy Shaver, you came a long way from 1 year of being a teacher.  Amazing her incremental climb to the top of a multimillion-dollar  firm.

Jul 12, 2018 07:59 AM #16
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