NOW (The National Organization for Women) held a panel discussion in the Main Lounge on occupational distribution and gender segregation. Madelon Talley, director of the American Women’s Economic Development Organization; Connie Cox, manager  of corporate planning at General Foods; Judy Monson, financial officer at Seagram International and Margit Pearson, consultant to multinational corporations from McKinsey & Company spoke.

Talley was one of the first female Wall Street executives. In February of 1979, she became director of the division of investments for New York State, responsible for the state’s common retirement fund.  At the time of her death in 1997 former New York State comptroller Edward V. Regan said “Madelon Talley set the procedures and processes for the retirement funds, so when the markets started to rise in 1982, when the Dow Jones industrial average was at 800, we were set.”      The New York Times