Muriel Siebert: The First Woman To Have A Seat On The New York Stock Exchange

January 16, 1968: Muriel Siebert appears pleased with what she sees on the ticker tape as well as hearing that she was elected to the New York Stock Exchange. The 38 year old Selling Analyst specializes in Aviation Securities. Source: Getty/Bettmann

The New York Stock Exchange isn’t a place for the faint of heart -- as the late Muriel Siebert, who became the first woman to win a seat on the exchange in 1967, could have told you. It’s a cutthroat atmosphere that requires you to make choices at the blink of an eye. Before Siebert, women weren’t allowed to have a seat on the stock exchange floor. Siebert fought tooth and nail to be allowed on the floor of the Stock Exchange. She jumped through hoops that no man would have to jump through and even founded her own firm. She didn’t let anyone tell her what she could and couldn’t do - she just did it.

Muriel Siebert's story is a tale that's inspiring to anyone who's ever been told that they can't do something that they know they're perfectly cut out for. She stood up for herself and took her rightful place in spite of the roadblocks that lied in her way. Her push to gain a role on the New York Stock Exchange was unprecedented, but that's the way things go when you're making history.