New York Life’s First Female Agents.



Company’s Dining Room for Women Employees, 13th Floor, New York Life Building.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: New York Life’s First Female Agents

Women have always had a tremendous impact in shaping New York Life.  In the early 1800’s it was prohibited by law in the United States for women to enter into contracts, including insurance policies, or even legally inheriting an estate.  Yet in 1880 New York life were amongst the pioneers of the industry in women’s recruitment as five women became our first female agents. By the 1890s, New York Life witnessed its first female top producing agents. Considering this was at a time when even the presence of a woman in a business office was frowned upon, it was a tremendous accomplishment.  Today, New York Life is considered one of the best companies for women to build a career. This is not only evident in the number of female executives, but also in the field with the many female agents who have served or are currently serving in leadership positions.