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Wall Street Women by Anne B. Fisher
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Wall Street Women

by Anne B. Fisher

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Covers emergence of women on Wall Street in the 60s and 70s and revisits in the 2000s including a post meltdown update.. Interesting when she simply shares the stories of the pioneering women including extended quotes from the women themselves, whose identities in most cases were not revealed. Would have preferred less about the related parallel political story and a less academic writing style...diminished an otherwise compelling, important and largely untold history. Book was also weak on understanding of finance and economics and while they weren't the point of the book, it could have been better in these areas. ( )
  pjeanne | Dec 16, 2012 |
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"Wall Street Women tells the story of the first generation of women to establish themselves as professionals on Wall Street. Since these women, who began their careers in the 1960s, faced blatant discrimination and barriers to advancement, they created formal and informal associations to bolster one another's careers. In this important historical ethnography, Melissa S. Fisher draws on fieldwork, archival research, and extensive interviews with a very successful cohort of first-generation Wall Street women. She describes their professional and political associations, most notably the Financial Women's Association of New York City and the Women's Campaign Fund, a bipartisan group formed to promote the election of pro-choice women. Fisher charts the evolution of the women's careers, the growth of their political and economic clout, changes in their perspectives and the cultural climate on Wall Street, and their experiences of the 2008 financial collapse. While most of the pioneering subjects of Wall Street Women did not participate in the women's movement as it was happening in the 1960s and 1970s, Fisher argues that they did produce a "market feminism" which aligned liberal feminist ideals about meritocracy and gender equity with the logic of the market."--Publisher's website.… (more)

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