Breaking News #11: Women and Risk: A Wall Street Narrative

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It is no secret that women are underrepresented in the finance industry. That is especially true with respect to the “risk-taking” roles that people tend to associate with a career on Wall Street. While there are many reasons for that, one of the primary ones lies in the stories we have been told in the media about women in finance. In this episode, we dig into those stories, how they influence us and how they also may offer us a potential solution to the problem. We also discuss the recent college president testimony in front of congress, Joe Biden’s tweets about inflation, the amazing story of the creator of Barbie and a lot more.

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  1. Avatar for Tanya Tanya says:

    Great episode! A thought I started to explore in the Office Hours chat came back to mind listening to this regarding the sentiment that women must have sacrificed something, typically with family, in order to be successful. But hasn’t that always been assumed about men? “Cat’s in the Cradle” and all that? The narrative was that it was “normal” or at least typical for men to have sacrificed some of their family life.

    But with women, they are expected to do it ALL – if you dare to pursue a career, it’s shameful if you’re not there for your family just as much as if you were not working. I remember the “have it all” mentality in the 80s (“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, Enjoli!” **), which imo was not attainable. It definitely seems like a double standard.

    Only recently does it appear that in general, both men and women are trying (or it’s more accepted that they try) to get more balance in their lives, for careers to not be such a rat race.

    Finally, thank you Matt for the schooling on Ruth Handler!

    ** I realize the song was originally released many years earlier, but that damn commercial was iconic!

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