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.
Petticoats and Pinstripes: Portraits of Women in Wall Street's History provides a fascinating chronological account of the contributions of women on Wall Street through profiles of selected individuals that set their achievements in the context of the prevailing times. The book documents how women frequently assumed financial roles as a temporary palliative to the nation's ills, only to be cast aside once conditions improved, and how they were often restrained from financial endeavors by various factors, including American legal, political, economic, and cultural norms. Author Sheri J. Caplan describes the accomplishments of women in the financial world against the backdrop of the general advancement of women's rights and the evolution of gender-based roles in society, and identifies the primary factors in the development of a greater female role in finance: wartime urgency, personal necessity, technological change, and financial education.
- 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
"A useful addition to business and women's studies collections, and especially worthwhile reading for female students. Summing Up: Recommended."
"A great read for those interested in business, history, women’s studies, and/or money."
"The contribution of women to the growth of Wall Street and ultimately our capitalist system has been largely hidden, until now. From colonial times to the present, Sheri J. Caplan leads us through the adventures of the 'she merchants'—women who pioneered in the male dominated world of finance. Phenomenally well-researched, Petticoats and Pinstripes: Portraits of Women in Wall Street’s History, delves into the lives of very real women, from Abigail Adams to Abby Joseph Cohen, all of them groundbreakers, and their relationships with men and money. Women on Wall Street have traveled far and Caplan leads us through that journey with her compelling portraits of those who led the way."
"Caplan has crafted a masterful piece of narrative non-fiction that traces the untold story of women in Wall Street’s history. She adeptly guides the reader through key events spanning three centuries of American cultural and economic history while highlighting the successes and obstacles encountered by selected women in short biographical essays. She successfully distills key themes affecting women’s progress in finance in a highly readable fashion that will appeal to history buffs, Wall Street aficionados, and anyone who enjoys reading accounts of individual determination."
"Groundbreaking work by a talented essayist that finally takes note of women’s achievements in finance. Caplan’s thorough and astute analysis combined with engaging storytelling provides fast-paced, important, and timely insight to women’s progress on Wall Street both yesterday and today."