Ratner, Hedy

Hedy Ratner, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, came of age during the height of the Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement. By the early 1970s she had turned her considerable energies to women's issues, especially in her leadership role at the Chicago YWCA, as well as being involved at the Illinois Women's Political Caucus, Women in Film, and the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women.  In 1985 she founded the Women's Business Development Center, a not-for profit organization dedicated to assisting women and minorities to start and develop successful businesses.