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....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!