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Celebrating Kohler's History of Extraordinary Women Leaders

Celebrating Kohler's History of Extraordinary Women Leaders

Published 03-28-22

Submitted by Kohler

Rose Barbour and Jean Gong

In the early 20th century, Rose Barbour was the only female Kohler associate named on the WWI Honor Roll for her time serving as a nurse. She then became a founding member of the Kohler Women’s Club, a social-forward organization formed to elevate education, health and culture through philanthropic efforts and community events.

Today, Jean Gong is leading Kohler’s social impact efforts in China and across the Asia-Pacific region, helping to coordinate community partnerships and volunteer projects focused on safe water, youth development, art, culture, and environmental protection.

Different eras. Different causes. One important mission—make the world a better place for current and future generations. We are grateful for a history of extraordinary women leaders committed to believing in better.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; engines, generators, and clean energy solutions; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler's Whistling Straits golf course recently hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit

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