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First Female Member Of NYSE Muriel Siebert Dies At 80

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is a remembrance. Muriel "Mickie" Siebert, the first female member of the New York Stock Exchange, died over the weekend.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Siebert was the first woman to serve as superintendent of banking for New York state, and the first woman to head a national level brokerage firm - her own, Siebert and Co.

GREENE: In 1967, she bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and remained its only woman member for a decade. As she described it, "For 10 years, it was 1,365 men - and me."

MONTAGNE: It would take 10 more years for Siebert to win another battle. In 1987, she successfully lobbied to get a woman's restroom outside the exchange's seventh-floor restaurant. And she finally succeeded by threatening to have a porta-potty installed. Mickie Siebert was 80 when she died on Saturday in New York. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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