I am trying to find a book where the main character is a female who has been forced to leave her home planet, she gets work on a space ship which is lead by a clan or gypsies and she starts a trading empire...something along those lines anyway. Appreciate any suggestions. I have read the book sometime in the last 15 years but cannot remember the name of the book or the author.
Her home planet was very religious and male dominated. Her trading success led to a meeting of the clans/gypsies where they united?
Sorry can't remember any more details.