Women’s Equality Day, August 26, commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which first granted women in America the right to vote. One hundred years on from that historic occasion, we pay tribute to just some of the women who have moved us closer to a more just, more equal, and more prosperous future.
New York Life Insurance Company has a long tradition of supporting women’s equality. In fact, we recognized women as equals even before the US government did: in 1894 we became the first US insurance provider to offer life insurance to women at the same cost as men. This was at a time when married women still did not have the right to keep their own wages, or own property in their name.
We’ve supported women like Winnifred Supple, who became New York Life’s first female employee at New York Life’s Home Office in 1885. She stayed at the company until her retirement in 1921—an impressive 36-year career.
We’ve supported women like Mary “Minnie” Tumbleson, whose father died when she was just four years-old, whose mother raised five children alone, who in 1891 became our first female agent. Two years later, she became the first woman to appear on our “Roll of Honor.”
The legacies of trailblazing women like Winnifred and Minnie live on at New York Life. Today women make up 53 percent of the company’s workforce, and a third of our agents are women. New York Life has been the leader in female Million Dollar Round Table membership for several years.
We are a company with an unwavering commitment to a culture of inclusion and equality. We stay true to the core values upon which our company was built, on financial strength, integrity and humanity.
We hope the spirit of women such as Winnifred and Minnie serve as a powerful reminder of the progress that we can make when we stand together as equals.
This Women’s Equality Day, join us in celebrating the women of New York Life. Discover their stories and how they played a defining role in our company’s history.
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