WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen will make one small but symbolic change when she takes over the leadership of the Federal Reserve on Feb. 1: Her title.
Yellen has decided to use the gender-neutral title of chair, rather than chairman or chairwoman, when she becomes the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100-year history.
Her preference will be Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen.
Her decision is consistent with the title she used in the Fed’s No. 2 job, when she was referred to as Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen.
Alice Rivlin, the first woman to serve in the No. 2 post at the Fed, also preferred the gender-neutral title of vice chair.
AP Business Writer Joe Pisani contributed to this report.