Breaking th glass ceiling: Christine Lagarde, steps down from IMF job, becomes the first woman to lead the European Central Bank

  • Earlier this month, representatives of 28 European countries picked Christine Lagarde as next president of the ECB.
  • Lagarde was born in Paris and completed most of her studies in France. An attorney, Lagarde specialized in labor law, anti-trust law, and mergers & acquisitions.
  • Most recently, she led the International Monetary Fund — the first woman to lead that organization as well.
  • Lagarde was also the first woman to serve as the chief of finance for any G7 country.

Christine Lagarde is set to become the first female president of the European Central Bank later this year.

Recall that in In 2011, she was nominated managing director of the International Monetary Fund — becoming the first woman to hold that position. She has led the Washington-based institution since then.