Monday, August 26, 2013

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Michelangelo's Pieta'
Art has been big business since the Renaissance. On this day a mere 515 years ago, the French ambassador to the Holy See in Rome commissioned Michelangelo to sculpt the Pieta' as a funerary statue. The artist was 23 years old. Today the work of art is a centerpiece of St. Peter's Basilica, where it remains an economic engine for Vatican City and Italy.

Suffrage parade, NYC 1912
And 93 years ago, U.S. women finally won the right to vote by virtue of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. Suffrage was a landmark of the Roaring Twenties, one of the doors to modern economic times. Tip: Look into your business's bylaws and celebrate a turning point--perhaps the appointment of your first woman officer?