Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Is Pushing Economics Toward Gender Equality

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Is Pushing Economics Toward Gender Equality
Illustration of Janet Yellen by Cloudy Thurstag

Janet Yellen
1946–present

In 2014, Janet Yellen became the first female chair of the Federal Reserve—a historic appointment, given that women make up less than 30 percent of the economic field. Despite her role as one of the most powerful women in economics, Yellen has faced an onslaught of sexism, from off-color jokes to suggestions that she look to her husband for economic advice. Though women still pursue economics at a rate much lower than men (roughly 3-to-1), experts have pointed to Yellen’s appointment as a potential turning point towards gender equality in the field.

“Listening to others, especially those with whom we disagree, tests our own ideas and beliefs. It forces us to recognize, with humility, that we don’t have a monopoly on the truth.” —Janet Yellen

Cloudy Thurstag is a Berlin-based art lover turned illustrator and art director.

This feature originally appeared in the Money issue.