In the 1930s, Isabel Benham got her big break on Wall Street working for a bond firm where she made impressively accurate reports on America's railroad industry.
She was so afraid that her research papers would not be respected as a woman, she changed her name to I. Hamilton Benham. She wanted readers to think she was a man.
Her work prevailed and she became the first female partner for that bond firm. She had many firsts during her career. Among them, she was the first woman to be appointed to a Board of Directors for a railroad. She was also the first woman to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange ( (NYSE) ).
TheStreet's month-long video series Women's History, Wall Street, and Beyond has highlighted a slew of women who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling. Among them, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The First Female Stock Broker, The First Female President of an Exchange, and The Witch of Wall Street.