Business: The Blind Broker

Being young and a woman are disadvantages enough on Wall Street, but Laura Sloate has a third handicap: she has been blind since she was six years old. Even so, after a mere five years in the securities business, she grossed more than $100,000 in 1973 as a research analyst with Drexel Burnham, a major securities house. Last week she opened her own securities firm with two associates and a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

Encouraged by her mother, who, she says, never let her be treated as a blind person, Sloate originally set out to be a lawyer....

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