Women have helped shape America's financial affairs since before the nation's founding.
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
Abby Joseph Cohen
Julia Montgomery Walsh
Maggie L. Walker
Philadelphia Ladies, The
Rosie the Wall Streeter
She-Merchants and Deputy Husbands
Tennessee Claflin and Victoria Woodhull
Women's Liberty Loan Committee, The