Dell Williams (born August 5, 1922) founded the first feminist sex toy business in the United States, Eve's Garden, in New York City in 1974. Eve's Garden was also the first woman-owned and woman-operated sex toy business in America. As Williams put it, "Eve represented all women and the Garden was symbolic of women taking responsibility for their own sexuality." She was inspired to found the business after she took a “Body/Sex Workshop” by Betty Dodson in New York and afterwards went to buy a vibrator, but found that the salesboy at Macy's asked her nosy questions about it.
Williams was also an actor for a time, and appeared in productions of The Vagina Monologues. Her most notable role was perhaps in a 1962 film called The Cliff Dwellers, a film which was nominated for an Academy Award. In addition to this, she was a singer, artists’ model, and writer during the 1930s and 1940s, and was later one of the first successful female advertising executives in New York City.
In 2005 her memoir Revolution in the Garden was published.
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