Previously published in Examiner
Part 8 of the women in the corporate world series
The ability of women to raise to the top of the corporate world
The ability for women to rise to the top of the corporate world was no better than trying to make principal in schools (yes today women are principals in schools but they were not in the 1960's). The only executive level most women of the 1960's and 1970's could dream of was rising to the position of executive secretary. Women reached the ceiling of how high they could go.
Let's jump forward to today to see if women have gained much in terms of reaching the top of the corporate world. Let's look at the fortune 500 companies, the leading companies in the corporate world, What we find is that 90% of those companies do not have any woman board members, and if we go to the extended list of fortune 1000 companies there are 19 CE0's in 1,000 companies, I repeat there are19 Women CEO's. Women are still not generally seen as leaders in the corporate world.
It has been a long hard struggle for women to achieve equal status with men in the workforce, because the lower salaries, blocked upward mobility, and traditional attitudes have made the struggle harder.
The woman who rose to the top of her profession in the 1960's
However, now I want to end this article with one woman who beat the odds in the 1960's and made it to Wall Street, the heart of corporate America, a feat that should not be taken lightly in the day and age in which she made that courageous move.
Muriel Siebert was born in 1932, and is known as the first woman of finance. She was the first woman to have a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Siebert started her career working for various brokerages. She formed her own company in 1967, called Muriel Siebert & Co.
to be continued
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