Nancy Pelosi, Dolores Huerta, Muriel Siebert, and Karen Nussbaum join MAKERS

Four new groundbreaking women joined our MAKERS community—two of whom achieved firsts in their fields and two of whom founded trailblazing organizations.


Nancy Pelosi broke the marble ceiling when she chose to pursue politics, making her the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in American history. Born into an influential political family, Pelosi worked her way up in the political ranks, bringing with her a fresh point of view and strong ethics. Currently, Pelosi still presides as House Minority leader and recently made an appearance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In her MAKERS interview, she describes the impact her household growing up had on her professional track and how despite all her accomplishments, nothing compares to the joy of being a mom.


Dolores Huerta joins our community as co-founder, along with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Worker, the first successful farm workers union in the country. As a union leader and activist, Huerta led strikes and risked her life for the cause. Her passionionate fight for the rights of farm workers and women later earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her MAKERS interview, Huerta talks about who compelled her to be a leader and her strong belief that everyone should experience going to jail.


Though the next two MAKERS of the group both failed to obtain a college degree, Muriel Siebert and Karen Nussbaum did not let this stop them from making change.


Muriel Siebert joins Pelosi in the world of firsts as the first women to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Growing up in Cleveland Ohio, Siebert was enrolled at case Western Reserve University, but was forced to drop out when her father was diagnosed with cancer. Unable to continue to pay for her education, Siebert headed to New York City with only $500 in her pocket to pursue her dream of working on Wall Street. Refusing to let the glass ceiling stop her from her dreams, Siebert went on to work for a handful of Wall Street firms and today she remains the only known female head of a national brokerage, Siebert & Co. In her interview, she talks about the meeting that made her career and the whole story behind her seat on the NYSE.


Like Siebert, Karen Nussbaum did not let dropping out of college stop her from making a difference. Born and raised in Chicago, Nussbaum eventually moved to Boston where she devoted herself to the anti-Vietnam movement. To support herself, she worked as a clerical worker and was exposed to the inequalities faced by women in the workforce. Determined to fight back, Nussbaum and colleagues formed 9to5, an organization that sought to address these issues and decided to forge a union for female office workers. Nussbaum later joined the Clinton Administration and today heads Working America, the community affairs affiliate of the AFL-CIO. In her interview she talks about how the media icons, such as Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, helped spread the 9to5 message and her opinion on unions today.