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In honor of International Women’s Day, Executive National Bank is celebrating all of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world. Check out the 6 influential females we’ve spotlighted below, who have made major contributions and achievements in the financial industry...
#1 Victoria Woodhull (1883-1927) was the first female candidate to run for President of the United States, and with her sister #2 Tennessee Clafin (1845-1923), she opened the first female-owned brokerage firm on Wall Street in 1870. It's reported that the sisters had custom-made business dresses designed to hide their femininity so they would blend in with the male dominated world of finance.
#3 Bridget "Biddy" Mason (1818-1891) grew up to be a successful real estate developer and human-rights champion. Being born into slavery, she successfully sued her owners for her freedom in the 1850s. A decade later, Biddy became one of the first black women to own land when she purchased commercial property in what is now the heart of downtown Los Angeles for $250. She turned her initial investment into a small real estate empire worth about $300,000 in 1884. She achieved financial success that enabled her to support her extended family for generations despite the fact that she was illiterate.
#4 Muriel Faye "Mickie" Siebert (1928-2013) was known as The First Woman of Finance. She was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and was the first woman to head one of the NYSE's member firms. In 1967, she founded her own eponymous firm, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., beginning by doing research for institutions, and buying and selling financial analyses. That same year, she applied for a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Of the first ten men she asked to sponsor her application, nine denied her. She officially joined the 1,365 male members of the exchange on December 28, 1967.
#5 Catherine Anselm ‘Kate’ Gleason (1865-1933) got her first taste of business at 11 years old, working for her father at family machine-tool company Gleason Works. She led the sales and finance divisions of the business for more than 10 years and played a vital role in Gleason Works’ success as a leading U.S. producer of gear-cutting machinery. When the president of First National Bank of Rochester resigned to join the military during World War I, Gleason temporarily became the first female president of the bank.
#6 Geraldine Weiss (1926), The Grand Dame of Dividends, put women on the map in the finance industry. Following countless rejections from firms who scoffed at the notion of hiring women beyond secretarial roles, Weiss started her own newsletter, Investment Quality Trends, in 1966. On top of acting as publisher of IQT for 37 years, she was the first woman to ever hold a license in investment, her stock market analytics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and The New York Times, she’s written multiple books, and her dividend based investment system is still revered and celebrated in today’s financial world.
At Executive National Bank, we're so proud to celebrate women as leaders! It's equally important to recognize some of our own. As part of our leadership team, we’re proud to have 1 female Executive Vice President, 1 female Senior Vice President and 11 female Vice Presidents.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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