Janet Yellen Leaves the Fed—and a Glass Ceiling Shattered


Janet Yellen broke a glass ceiling when she became the first Federal Reserve chairwoman, the most powerful economic policy maker in the U.S., making her coming departure from the central bank bittersweet for some.

Ms. Yellen’s single four-year term as Fed chief leaves an example for a new generation of female economists and policy makers. Her exit also coincides with discussion in the economics profession, and workplaces more broadly, about obstacles that have deterred more women from entering fields long dominated by men.

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