From its founding in 1817 and going right up to 1943, no women worked on the New York Stock Exchange. Because of a shortage of men during World War II, in 1943, women were allowed to work on the trading floor for the first time.
Unbelievably, in 1947, women were again banned from the trading floor!
Where was the women’s movement?
In 1965, Muriel Siebert was able to buy a seat on the Exchange and remained the only woman working there for a decade.
Women are making some progress in this, traditionally men’s world now. In 1917, Lauren Simmons earned the right to be an NYSE floor trader and the Exchange recently appointed Stacey Cunningham as its first female president.