Don't call me 'Chairwoman Yellen': Report

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Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has instructed staff to refer to her as "chair" rather than "chairwoman", the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The first woman to preside over the Fed in its history is striking a gender-neutral tone that belies her barrier breaking history as an academic and a policy maker. Out of two dozen economics doctorate students at Yale University in the early 70s, Yellen was the only woman to earn a PhD, The Post reported. Her early career was influenced by what the newspaper said was "skepticism of her abilities", based largely on the fact that she was a woman, the newspaper added.

The 67 year old economist will be sworn in on Monday, amid growing fears over the Fed's ability to pull back on its massive monetary stimulus as markets are in a state of panic over emerging markets.

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