More Diversity, More Equality

Two recent events offer a moment to pause, in one of those “how far we’ve come and how far we have to go” moments. Muriel Siebart, who died last week at age 84, was the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, a pioneer of the discount brokerage business, and the first woman to be superintendent of banking for New York State. Many women now on Wall Street credit her example as an inspiration. And the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington recalls the groundbreaking changes in American society driven by the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s. Many aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech have become reality for many African-Americans. We can acknowledge these historic achievements, then also admit there’s much more to be done to bring diversity into the financial world, and equality into the social world. That’s what many companies and nonprofits you read about here are doing every day.

John Howell, Editorial Director