It’s been a big week in the US for history-making women.From the CIA to the NBA, the buzz is all about female leaders. Here are four developments you might have missed…
New York Stock Exchange has a new (female) boss
On Friday, Stacey Cunningham will take over as leader of the New York Stock Exchange. She’s the first woman to hold the job in its 226-year history.
Ms Cunningham, 43, was already chief operating officer at the exchange, so she brings a wealth (pun intended) of experience.
In an interview last year with the Financial Times newspaper she said she first “fell in love” with the trading floor during a summer internship while studying engineering at university.Intriguingly, she took a mid-career break to do a nine-month stint at culinary school, briefly working in a restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side.
She says the two professions have much in common, noting wryly: “Things that would not be OK in really any other place tend to be OK on the trading floor and in the restaurant kitchen.”
Asked if she considered the impact of being a woman on Wall Street, she told the FT: “I never acted as though there was a question as to whether or not I should be where I was.”
Why? She credits Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange – which meant she could trade on the floor.”If she hadn’t done that, if she hadn’t said, ‘I’m not allowed to be there, but I am going to just go do it anyway’, I never would have been able to walk on the trading floor without thinking about it,” she said. “And I never gave it a thought.”