Wall Street

How Wall Street's Original Joan Holloway Inspired Second-Wave Feminist Protests

Sixty years later as Women's Liberation was going full throttle, the anti-catcall tactic was less eye gouging and more man heckling with ogle-ins, like sit-ins with wolf whistles.

Risky Business: Women-Run Hedge Funds Bring Home More Bacon

Could a touch of measured caution and risk management, which is more inherent to women's financial acumen, have prevented some of the costly mistakes that sent stock markets spiraling? Barring a time machine that could give us a conclusive answer, here's at least one bit of compelling evidence that it's time to get more women managing massive amounts of money.

In March, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House Council on Women and Girls hosted the Women in Finance Symposium to celebrate women's accomplishments on Wall Street and discuss how to get more involved in the financial sector. Back then, there was a lot of media coverage questioning whether the male-dominated environment of the finance industry was partially to blame for the recession. For that brief moment in the media cycle, women were portrayed as the common sense solution to saving Wall Street.

If there were more women on Wall Street, would the financial crisis have happened? Are women more suited to the world of finance than men, or less? Molly and Cristen explore these questions and the role of American women in finance in this episode.