Equality fighter NYSE pioneer ‘Mickie’ Siebert dies
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
Muriel Siebert, the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, has died at the age of 80.
Known across Wall Street as ‘Mickie’, Ms Siebert, who was also the first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms, bought her seat in 1967, nearly a decade before she was joined by another woman.
In the mid-seventies, she became a pioneer in the discount brokerage field before becoming New York state’s superintendent of banking. A failed bid to the secure a Senate seat followed in 1982.
Ms Siebert was a vocal advocate for gender equality and minority rights. In 1992, she warned against complacency as more women entered the financial industry.
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