I was obviously pleased and honored to be among the 30 men (!) Pensions & Investments named as having "changed pension funds, institutional investing and/or money management" (P&I, Oct 27).
I was shocked, however, not only by the fact that there were no women included on the list, but that three women in particular were nowhere to be found.
Karen Ferguson, founder of the Pension Rights Center, has tirelessly — and effectively — promoted the rights of individual pension participants and beneficiaries, in ways that clearly resulted in employers more adequately funding their plans.
Alicia Munnell's far-ranging research and writing — in her roles as Federal Reserve Bank of Boston economist and officer, U.S. Treasury Department assistant secretary, member of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, and now professor and director of Boston College's Center for Retirement Research — has profoundly influenced the debates raging around issues from Social Security to tax and fiscal policy to pension plan design, funding and investment.
Sarah Teslik has been the driving force behind the Council of Institutional Investors for the past decade and a half. Need I say more?
While I may not always agree with them, it is obvious to me that the pension fund world as we know it today would be very different indeed had these three women not been on the scene.
Center for Economic Organizing