Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

What is the Securities & Exchange Commission Historical Society?

Watch this short video outlining the history and beginnings of the society.


In Honor of Women's History Month

Stephanie Avakian and Steven Peikin
Former SEC Women Commissioners Cynthia Glassman, Mary Schapiro, Laura Unger, Aulana Peters and Roberta Karmel, June 2, 2004

SEC Women Commissioners Roundtable

This roundtable, introduced by Chairman Chris Cox and moderated by Susan Wyderko, briefly explores the stories of seven women who served as SEC Commissioners during the period 1977 to 2005: Cynthia Glassman, Barbara Thomas Judge, Roberta Karmel, Annette Nazareth, Aulana Peters, Mary Schapiro, and Laura Unger. To learn more, you will find each of their unique and inspiring oral histories in the museum.



The Open Door: Roles of Women in Securities Regulation

1979 SEC Commission

This Gallery looks at the roles and progressive participation of women in two key and contemporaneous regulatory agencies: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, established with the enactment of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD - now FINRA), founded as a self-regulatory organization with the passage of the 1939 Maloney Act.

Both the SEC and the NASD afforded opportunities for work and advancement, opening a door for professional inclusion in an industry often deemed to be closed to women. The Gallery highlights how women working in securities regulation have progressed over the decades, from roles and jobs defined by their gender, to opportunities recognizing their professional expertise and experiences. Working with their male colleagues, the contributions of women, with increasing authority and prominence, have had and continue to have a profound effect in meeting the challenges of regulation.



Flash Crash of 2010

1979 SEC Commission

The 2010 Flash Crash was a terrifying day in the stock market that occurred on May 6 of that year. During the crash, leading US stock indices tumbled 1,000 points, then partially rebounded in a span of about 30 minutes. The day was marked by extreme volatility in trading of all types of securities, including stocks, futures, options, and ETFs. Though there was a partial rebound, the flash crash wiped out almost $1 trillion in market value. Explore more from the museum.

What Just Happened?

Gaining Perspective with Time

Upcoming Program

Insider Trading: A Salute to the Past and a Look to the Future


NYU Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012
Gardner Commons

Sponsored by SEC Historical Society, NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business, Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Please join us for a unique program that will explore the fascinating backstories of the landmark Chiarella insider trading prosecution and the Supreme Court argument as well as the SEC's and DOJ's related enforcement strategies in the aftermath of the Court's ruling. It will also examine possible legal changes on the horizon, including proposed insider trading legislation that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 413 - 10.

In Memoriam

David S. Ruder (1929-2020)

David S. Ruder - June 2004

Current and former Trustees and staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society are greatly saddened by the loss on February 15 of one of the organization's three founders, David S. Ruder. MORE >>

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