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Investing in HERstory - Three Capital Women of Finance

Investing in HERstory - Three Capital Women of Finance

March 03, 2024

It's Women's History Month! To celebrate, I wanted to dive into the inspiring journeys of three women financial trailblazers who have transformed the investing world.  I thank these fine ladies for making it easier for me to succeed in the financial world!

In the traditionally male-dominated field of finance, these remarkable women have shattered glass ceilings, leaving an indelible mark on the investment landscape. Their stories testify to resilience, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to challenging the status quo. 

Muriel "Mickie" Siebert

Often referred to as the "First Woman of Finance," Muriel Siebert made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Facing gender discrimination and significant challenges, Siebert's tenacity and financial acumen eventually led her to break through barriers in the male-dominated world of Wall Street. Her pioneering spirit opened doors for future generations of women in finance, and her legacy lives on through the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, supporting causes related to education and equality.

Hetty Green

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Henrietta "Hetty" Green earned the moniker "The Witch of Wall Street" for her shrewd and successful investments. Often considered one of the first female financiers in the United States, Green's business acumen was unparalleled. Despite societal expectations limiting women's financial involvement, Hetty Green amassed a significant fortune through strategic investments in real estate, stocks, and bonds. Her story challenges gender norms and underscores the timeless principles of astute financial decision-making.

Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen achieved a historic milestone on January 26, 2021, as she was sworn in as the U.S. Treasury Secretary for the Biden administration, becoming the first woman to hold each of the top economic positions in the federal government. Before this, Yellen made history as the first woman to serve as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the U.S. Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. Additionally, she previously chaired the Council of Economic Advisors from 1994 to 1997.

As we celebrate these financial trailblazers, their journeys inspire the next generation of women looking to make their mark in the investing world.

This material was prepared for Diane Woodward's use.