Black Women Making History
Bridge External Board Member and Acclaimed Producer, Debra Martin Chase, Talks Hollywood and Creating Opportunities for Black Actors on Good Morning America
Past Keynote Speakers & Panels
Career Paths, Work-Life Balance, Q&A
March 2023 | BPM Interview Panel
Imposter Syndrome, Retaining
Women in the Workplace, and the Importance of Networking
June 2021 | Suni Hartford
Overcoming Performance Inhibiting Beliefs
Deborah Rosado Shaw
Debra Martin Chase
Gender Equity & Collective Intelligence
January 2021 | Erica Dhawan
February 2020 | Corporate Gender Bias
Maintaining Work-Life Balance in Today's Hectic World
April 2021 | BWN Panel
Muriel "Mickie" Siebert
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 12, 1928, Muriel Siebert was a trailblazer in the world of finance. She became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange in 1967, breaking the gender barrier in the male dominated field. Siebert was also the first woman to serve as Superintendent of Banking for the state of New York, a position she held from 1977 to 1982. Throughout her career, Siebert worked tirelessly to promote financial education and improve access to investment opportunities for women and other underserved groups. She founded the brokerage firm Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. in 1967, which later became part of the Siebert Financial Corporation. Siebert's groundbreaking achievements in finance paved the way for generations of women to follow in her footsteps. She received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1994. Muriel Siebert passed away in 2013, but her legacy as a pioneer in the finance industry continues to inspire and empower women today.
Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes with Tone Policing
“Tone policing” is a conversational tool used by people in positions of power and privilege to derail a discussion or argument by focusing on the emotional delivery and tone of a message, rather than the content of a message itself. Tone policing promotes gender role stereotypes, such as how women are supposed to be calm and soft-spoken while men are not allowed to show emotion. It is also a form of casual sexism. Read this short article to learn more.
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher was a real estate broker, lawyer, and activist who made significant contributions to both the legal and real estate fields. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1924, Fisher was the daughter of a prominent African American pharmacist and educator. She attended Langston University where she earned a degree in chemistry, and then applied to the University of Oklahoma law school in 1946. Fisher's application was denied because of her race, and she subsequently sued the university with the help of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Her case, Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in her favor in 1948. Fisher became the first African American woman to attend the University of Oklahoma law school. After graduating from law school, Fisher practiced law briefly before transitioning to real estate. She became a licensed real estate broker and worked for many years in the Oklahoma City area. She was one of the few African American women in the field at the time and faced significant discrimination, but persevered and became a successful broker. Throughout her career, Fisher remained active in civil rights and political activism. She was a member of the NAACP and served on the Oklahoma Commission on Human Rights.
Dismantling "Benevolent" Sexism
Benevolent sexism refers to attitudes about women that seem positive in tone example: "women should be cherished" but are rooted in the idea that women are inferior to men because of fragility, lack of competence, or need help and protection. Read this short article to learn more.
Victoria Woodhull was an American suffragist, activist, and entrepreneur who was born in 1838. She is best known for being the first woman to run for the US presidency in 1872, but she also made history as the first female stockbroker on Wall Street. Together with her sister, Tennessee Claflin, Woodhull founded Woodhull, Claflin & Co. in 1870, a brokerage firm that was owned and operated by women. Despite facing significant discrimination from male colleagues in the industry, the firm became successful and was patronized by many wealthy investors, including Cornelius Vanderbilt. Woodhull was also a prominent advocate for women's rights and suffrage, publishing a newspaper called Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly with her sister. In addition to her work as a stockbroker and journalist, Woodhull was an active speaker and campaigner for women's suffrage, often giving speeches and lectures around the country.
Gender Pay Gap
It's a pretty common statistic that women make 83 cents to every $1 a man makes but the wage gap is more complicated than that. The gender pay gap is the result of many factors like gender roles, stereotypes, race and ethnicity, disability, access to education and age. As a result, different groups of women experience very different gaps in pay.
Corinne Simpson was not only the first woman to become a licensed real estate broker in the United States, but she was also the first woman to become a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Simpson was born in 1861 in New York and began her career as a stenographer. In 1899, she became interested in the real estate business and obtained her real estate license in 1889. Despite facing significant challenges as a woman in a male-dominated industry, Simpson quickly made a name for herself and founded her own brokerage, Corinne Simpson Real Estate. In addition to being a successful broker, Simpson was a strong advocate for women's involvement in the real estate industry. She was a founding member of the Women's Real Estate Association of New York City and served as its president for several years. In 1910, Simpson became the first woman to join the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, which later became the NAR. Simpson's involvement in the NAR paved the way for other women to join the organization and work in the real estate industry. She continued to be a prominent figure in the industry until her death in 1944, leaving a lasting legacy as a trailblazer for women in real estate.
Preventing Microaggressions in Business
One of the most persistent micro-aggressions that women deal with is how often they are interrupted in business settings. It
prevents women from effectively contributing and getting credit for their ideas, and expertise and can lead to missed
opportunities for innovation, recognition and progression. Watch this short video to learn more.
Bridge Women's Network
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Celebrating Women's History Month - March 2023