Women are natural-born leaders, so it's no surprise that women have founded so many of today's most interesting and powerful companies. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than 9.4 million companies are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 5 companies you didn’t know were run by women.
The National Women's Business Council released new data this month showing that the number of women awarded federal patents and trademarks, often considered an indicator of entrepreneurial activity, is also growing at a rapid pace. To get to this point, there have been a number of women entrepreneurs who helped pave the way for today's female innovators. In honor of Women's History Month, here's a rundown of some famous companies that boast female founders. You can also check our list of 11 Best Paying Jobs for Women in America.