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August 29 2013

Passing of “The First Woman of Finance” Muriel Siebert Mourned by Operation HOPE

NEW YORK – August 29, 2013 – Operation HOPE mourns the loss of Muriel Siebert, the financial industry trailblazer and member of its board of directors, who passed earlier this week. Siebert had served on the financial dignity nonprofit’s northeast board of directors since 2008.

“Muriel Siebert's achievements in the financial services community and her commitment to financial literacy were legendary,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “Her involvement and service to Operation HOPE gave rise to the importance of HOPE’s mission to spread financial dignity and empowerment. We were honored to have her participant and support. She will be greatly missed.”

Siebert became a legend on Wall Street as the first woman to purchase a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, earning the title of “The First Woman in Finance.” She was also the first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms, founding the brokerage firm Muriel Siebert & Co. in 1967.

In 2011, Siebert was recognized as a “HOPE Hero” by the organization for her strong leadership and advocacy for women in finance and for her pioneering role in advancing financial literacy. 

Siebert passed away on August 24, at the age of 84.