A History of Women at the NYSE

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has a long history of trail blazing women dating back to 1943, when more than three dozen women were deployed on the trading floor to fill positions vacated by soldiers sent overseas. This group was joined by many more that were employed by the NYSE and member firms until World War II ended.

In the 75 years since, there are many stories of women creating history in American finance.


The NYSE today sits at the intersection of two sectors traditionally dominated by men - finance and technology. In that context, we are proud to have a strong slate of women on our leadership team. Stacey Cunningham is the first female President of NYSE Group in 226 years and her team includes Executive-Vice Chairman Betty Liu; General Counsel Elizabeth King; and Co-Head of Government Relations Hope Jarkowski. Our corporate board is also comprised of 33% women.

Evolution of the NYSE Trading Floor

The nature of our business has changed over the past 30-years with the introduction of technology and electronic trading in early 2000s, and today the majority of trading activity occurs electronically. A trader now can operate with similar efficiencies and economies of scale using a single computer, compared to 20 traders when markets were open-outcry. This means the workforce operating from the NYSE trading floor has contracted significantly, though the work they do is still vital for the functioning of our markets.

Today, the NYSE trading floor remains a vibrant community that includes members of the media, operations and technology employees, as well as the market maker and floor brokerage firms.

75 Years of NYSE Women on Wall Street