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Petticoats and pinstripes : portraits of women in Wall Street's history
Caplan, Sheri J.

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xviii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Abbreviations -- Revolutionaries -- The philadelphia ladies -- She-merchants and deputy husbands -- Pioneers -- Tennessee Claflin and Victoria Woodhull -- Hetty Green -- Maggie Walker -- Patriots and bankers -- The women's liberty loan committee -- Women bankers -- Rosie the Wall Streeter -- Mavericks -- Mary Roebling -- Julia Montgomery Walsh -- Muriel Siebert -- Icons -- Elaine Garzarelli -- Abby Joseph Cohen -- Amy Domini -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Leading ladies -- Appendix B: Selected chronology -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-247) and index.
Pub Date:
Praeger, [2013]


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This fascinating work presents biographical essays about women from the colonial period to modern times, chronicling the previously untold story of the female financial experience in the United States.

* Explores the female financial experience in the United States from the colonial period to modern times

* Presents the history of women on Wall Street by placing personalities in the context of both Wall Street's development and prevailing political and cultural times

* Identifies common themes and issues confronted by women in finance

* Provides two quick-reference appendices, one describing the significance of particular women and a second that provides a chronology of milestones

Author Notes

Sheri J. Caplan is a writer who previously served as vice president and assistant general counsel at Goldman Sachs and currently is a securities arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

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Library Journal Review

When Caplan (securities arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority [FINRA], former VP, asst. general counsel, Goldman Sachs) couldn't find a book on the history of women in Wall Street and the financial world, she wrote one herself and presents the information here, chronologically from Colonial times to the present, through women's stories presented in a clear, readable format. Using humor and detail, the author offers up a glimpse of life when banks had "stocking rooms" and when Hetty Green (1834-1916) was nicknamed the Witch of Wall Street. While emphasizing the difficulties of women in a male-dominated business, the book is neither strident nor discordant. Caplan illustrates how repeatedly women in the financial world have stepped forward during the nation's time of need only to be marginalized when situations return to normal. The recent death of Muriel Siebert (1928-2013), the first woman to purchase a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, reminds us this is not ancient history but rather a contemporary narrative as women continue to search for equity in the world of finance. Verdict A great read for those interested in business, history, women's studies, and/or money.-Bonnie Tollefson, Cleveland Bradley Cty. P.L., TN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Caplan (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and formerly Goldman Sachs) traces women's involvement in the areas of finance, securities trading, and banking. She begins in earnest with the American Revolution, wherein women were substantial fund-raisers for the American cause. They even demanded a voice to General Washington as to how the money was to be spent. Very slowly women began to invest in bonds and securities, even though they were denied the right to own property. Caplan discusses women's major role in fund-raisers during WW I, and how this played a part in the granting of woman's suffrage. During and after WW II, women's interest in business careers began to grow, and their advancement in the ranks of brokers, dealers, and bankers became noticed. Women's successes and their ability to work hard earned them the sometimes begrudging respect of their male peers. The end of the book includes an alphabetical list of "Leading Ladies" in the field and a time line of their progress from the 1600s to 2012. Complete notes and an excellent bibliography follow. A useful addition to business and women's studies collections, and especially worthwhile reading for female students. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels of undergraduate students as well as general readers. C. J. Munson Western Technical College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Part I Revolutionariesp. 1
1 The Philadelphia Ladiesp. 7
2 She-Merchants and Deputy Husbandsp. 17
Part II Pioneersp. 27
3 Tennessee Claflin and Victoria Woodhullp. 33
4 Hetty Greenp. 45
5 Maggie Walkerp. 55
Part III Patriots and Bankersp. 65
6 The Women's Liberty Loan Committeep. 73
7 Women Bankersp. 83
8 Rosie the Wall Streeterp. 95
Part IV Mavericksp. 105
9 Mary Roeblingp. 113
10 Julia Montgomery Walshp. 123
11 Muriel Siebertp. 135
Part V Iconsp. 145
12 Elaine Garzarellip. 151
13 Abby Joseph Cohenp. 159
14 Amy Dominip. 169
Conclusionp. 181
Appendix A Leading Ladiesp. 187
Appendix B Selected Chronologyp. 195
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 249

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