Fifty years ago, then-Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Manny Cohen, speaking to the Women’s Bond Club of New York, predicted: “Perhaps if we take steps to make clear that women really have an important role to play in the world of finance, [you] will, one day, be gathered here to listen to an address by a lady chairman, or at least a commissioner, of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
He was right. Ten years later The New York Times was writing about the first female commissioner, Roberta Karmel, whom the newspaper described as the “SEC’s Voice of Dissension.” Thus began a long line of “lady” commissioners, some of whom have served as chairwomen. Following the lead of Commissioner Karmel, each of these commissioners has used her voice to provide a unique perspective to the commission’s work.
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