JANET EMERSON BASHEN
After Bashen’s CEO refused to hire independent investigators to look into the Equal Employment Opportunities at her company, she spent $5,000 on starting her own company to handle EEO complaints. Her company began in her house as her kitchen table served as her first office. She began work alone and serving only one client in EEO complaints from Title VII, she also assisted companies HR departments with solutions to problems she found in the company's hiring processes regarding discrimination. Her and her cousin, Donny Moore, began tracking all of Bashen Corps. and posting them on the internet for the public to check. This service became LinkLine, "Bashen’s patented EEO compliance and case management software." On December 20, 2007 LinkLine earned Patent No. 6,985,922,B1, making Janet Emerson Bashen the first African-American woman to earn a software patent.