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Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity, and America's First Woman on the NYSE

We're bringing you another #WCW #GoddessWithin Series highlighting Goddesses around the world and real-life women who embody their spirit!

 

THE GODDESS

Photo credit: Image of the goddess Lakshmi from mygodpictures.com 

 

In Hinduism and Buddhist sects, Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, both materially and spiritually. She is also the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses, and is the female energy of the Supreme Being.

 

THE WOMAN

Image of Muriel Siebert from womenhistory.org 

 

In real life, Muriel Siebert is an excellent example of a woman who embodies Lakshmi's spirit of prosperity and generosity - In 1967, Muriel Siebert became the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, the only woman among 1,365 men on the trading floor. In 1977, Siebert became the first female Superintendent of Banks for New York, overseeing all of the state's banks. Not one bank failed during her tenure, despite failures nationwide.

Muriel donated millions of dollars to help other women get their start in business and finance. She was quoted as saying, "American business will find that women executives can be a strong competitive weapon against Japan and Germany and other countries that still limit their executive talent pool to the male 50 percent of their population."

 

Is there a woman in your life that reminds of Lakshmi? Tag her and let her know! 

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