Real Estate Rock Stars: Women Impacting the Industry Then and Now

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 67 percent of all REALTORS® today are female. But it wasn't always that way. In fact, when the association first started in 1908, its membership was entirely male, even though there were 3,000 women working as brokers nationally. Why? Because joining meant you had to have a local real estate board membership which women were not allowed to obtain at the time. In 1910, however Corrine Simpson, a broker from Seattle, Washington became the first woman to join. This year, in honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating those who've paved the way in real estate and those who are rocking the industry today, like the women on our team.

Women Impacting Real Estate THEN

Corrine Simpson

Before she became the first female REALTOR in 1910, Corrine Simpson has already been a fixture in the Seattle real estate market for years. She was an active member of the National Association of Realtors until 1927, shortly before her death in 1929.

Barbara Corcoran

You likely recognize this real estate mogul from "Shark Tank" and "The Today Show," but when she started her real estate firm in 1973 with a $1,000 loan from her boyfriend at the time, it was still tough for women to thrive in the industry. She didn't let that hold her back and eventually sold the Corcoran Group for a reported $66 million.

Dorcas Helfant

The first female president of the National Association of Realtors, Dorcas was elected to the office in 1992. She was also the first woman to serve as the president of her state association. During her tenure, the association's grass-roots efforts helped get legislation passed that raised FHA loan limits and repealed a closing cost restriction that had cut tens of thousands of potential homebuyers out of the FHA market.