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She Wolves

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399800921

Price: £20

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Introducing the Women of Wall Street . . .

First came the secretaries who struggled to get past the typing pool. Then came the first Harvard Business School grads who were laughed out of interviews. But by the 1980s, with markets in turbo-drive, women were playing for high stakes in Wall Street’s bad-boy culture by day and clubbing by night.

In She Wolves, award-winning historian Paulina Bren tells the inside story of how women infiltrated Wall Street, from the swinging sixties – a time when ‘No Ladies’ signs hung across the doors of its luncheon clubs and (more discretely) inside its brokerage houses and investment banks – up to 9/11. If the wolves of Wall Street made a show of their ferocity, the she wolves did so with subtlety and finesse. Research analysts signed their reports with genderless initials. Muriel ‘Mickie’ Siebert, the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, threatened to have portaloos delivered if a ladies’ toilet wasn’t installed. And the infamous 1996 ‘Boom-Boom Room’ class-action lawsuit, filed by women at Smith Barney, exposed a bawdy subculture where unapologetic sexism and racism were the norm.

As engaging as it is enraging, She Wolves is a fascinating behind-the-scenes deep dive into the collision of women, finance and New York.

Reviews

Praise for THE BARBIZON:
More than a biography of a building, the book is an absorbing history of labor and women's rights in one of the country's largest cities, and also of the places that those women left behind to chase their dreams.
The New Yorker
A captivating history . . . Bren's book is really about the changing cultural perceptions of women's ambition throughout the last century, set against the backdrop of that most famous theater of aspiration, New York City . . . Bren draws on an impressive amount of archival research, and pays tender attention to each of the women she profiles.
New York Times
A fascinating look at a piece of forgotten female history.
The Sunday Times