Wall Street Women by anthropologist Melissa S. Fisher
August 25, 2012
This past Tuesday The Guardian ran a piece about my new book on the first generation of Wall Street Women:
The article stirred up quite the controversy about the cause of the financial crisis. Like other accounts, bloggers debated wheter masculine, greedy, risk-taking actors and financial practices led to the crisis, and if a more feminine, conservative, long term approach would have possibly helped the economy to avoid crisis or to fix it.
For a more detailed, ethnographic, and nuanced discussion of women on Wall Street and the gendering of finance and the crisis, you may want to take a look at my book. Drawing on nearly two decades of fieldwork, archival research, and extensive interviews with a very successful cohort of first-generation Wall Street women, the book 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, I argue that they did produce a “market feminism” which aligned liberal feminist ideals about meritocracy and gender equity with the logic of the market.
The book: Wall Street Women