The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), started in 2015, provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet by ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth while addressing climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests, by the year 2030.
When it comes to investing and finance, recent history has shown a lack of equality. The financial barriers faced by women are unique. There are a number of challenges, including the gender pay gap and the demand for childcare. Throughout most of history, women have been excluded from finances, and this only changed in the last few decades. Women have also been challenged by the pandemic, which disproportionately forced them to take on homeschooling and caregiver roles.
Fortune's 500 is the list of the largest companies in the United States by revenue and is a great barometer to figure out which US based companies are the most successful. If you were to take a look list for 2021 you will notice something that has been trending this way for the past several years, the largest amount of women that lead these companies. There are more companies lead by women CEOs on this list than ever before and it is showing the progress and strives women have made over the last several decades. While there is still work to be done in this area, we want to celebrate these women in order to encourage and inspire others to reach great heights.
As we are in the midst of Women’s History month, today we are taking a look at Rosemary McFadden, the first female president of any stock or futures exchange in the United States.