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Women Controlling Consumer Spending Sparse Among Central Bankers

In the early 19th century, an investor known as the Widow Borski acquired almost half the shares of the Netherlands’ new central bank to assist a nation strapped by the Napoleonic wars.

Two centuries later, women -- who control more than $20 trillion or about 70 percent of global consumer spending -- account for only about a tenth of the voting power on the world’s key interest rates. Past and present female central bankers say this should change.