Women’s History Month: 4 Female Financial Pioneers

For decades, women have been making their mark on the business world, overcoming struggles and adversity to be able to get the same recognition as their male counterparts. In the world of finance, the process has been slow, but the pioneering efforts of many women throughout history have helped to change that, allowing women to take top positions in finance around the world. Below are a few of the most well-known financial female pioneers who helped to pave the way.

1. Abigail Adams

The wife of President John Adams, Abigail Adams, was known for her intelligence and pushback against social norms. She was a smart investor and known as one of the first women bond traders of the time. She more than doubled her investments through bond trading and used a lot of her gained wealth to help women in need.

2. Gail Pankey-Albert

Known as a Wall Street Pioneer in the 1970s, Gail Pankey-Albert worked for the New York Stock Exchange directly out of high school as she could not afford to attend college. She worked her way up through the ranks from a carrier and computer operator until she became the first African American woman to hold a seat on the floor in 1981. Though colleagues often challenged her, she stuck it out and eventually launched her own institutional trading firm.1

3. Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck has made it her mission to help women with professional and financial goals. She had a fantastic career on Wall Street and served as CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, Sanford C. Bernstein, Citi Private Bank, and the CFO of Citigroup. She went on to co-found and is the CEO of Ellevest, which is an investment platform designed for female investors.2

4. Barbara Provost

Barbara Provost has used her work through her company Purse Strings to provide financial resources to women, allowing them to make well-researched financial decisions and work toward a brighter financial future. The company provides women with the tools and resources they need to find the proper financial products and services for their goals. It also provides a list of approved professionals who are able to help with women’s unique and diverse financial needs.2

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  1. Celebrating Women Pioneers in Finance, Commonwealth.com, https://www.commonwealth.com/insights/celebrating-women-pioneers-in-finance
  2. Female Finance Superpowers: Women Who Changed the Finance Market, Yahoo, https://www.yahoo.com/now/female-finance-superpowers-women-changed-230732046.html

Nelisha Firestone
Author: Nelisha Firestone
Nelisha Firestone is a Wealth Advisor with Fusion Financial Group, an independent financial planning firm and fiduciary based in Denver, CO. With over 16 years of experience, Nelisha is passionate about guiding women to live their best lives by crafting their road map to financial independence. Her drive to help women comes from watching her grandmother, who was widowed at the age of 49, struggle financially after her husband died. Nelisha recognizes that if her grandmother had someone in her life to offer her sound financial advice, she would have lived a much better life. That’s why Nelisha specializes in serving business owners interested in exiting their business and single women with comprehensive financial planning and wealth management services. She recognizes that women have unique challenges, and she partners with her clients by educating and empowering them to make the best financial decisions possible. Nelisha has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and is married to a Colorado native. Nelisha and her husband have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Eden, and love to spend time in the great outdoors hiking, skiing, and camping—to name a few! To learn more about Nelisha, connect with her on LinkedIn.