Bina West Miller
Sabina West Miller (1867-1954) was an American businesswoman. She was born in 1852, in Columbus Township, St. Clair County, Michigan. Beginning her career as a teacher, Miller became a member of the Knights of the Maccabees. She began providing life insurance to women by working with the Maccabees, and helped found the Women’s Benefit Association of the Maccabees. Miller founded one of the first organizations to offer life insurance to women with $500 of borrowed money. She heavily promoted the group, and within a decade grew membership to 100,000 people. The company she founded is today the Woman's Life Insurance Society. Miller also served as a woman's suffrage advocate, giving lecture tours around the country. A devoted Republican, she gave one of the speeches nominating Herbert Hoover for the President of the United States. The Detroit Free Press named Miller one of the top businesswomen in Michigan, and the Associated Press called her "one of the five greatest women in America."