When the Real Estate Industry Opened Its Doors Up to WomenSince 1794, women have been an integral part of the real estate industry. For women, homeownership was just a dream—until Mississippi became the first state to allow women to own property in 1839. In fact, single women accounted for 20% of home purchases in 2019, and the number is expected to grow. Moreover, the ability for women to buy their own homes gave a boost to the real estate and construction industries—industries that are now led by women and female investors. And, so, we look toward the future, to the women who will continue Ginsburg’s work and expand the roles of women in the real estate industry, as well as within their families, communities, and workplaces.