Wall Street Women is a politically engaged ethnography that documents how the first generation of Wall Street women, who constitute today’s influential ‘‘super-elite,’’ became that way; how they entered and claimed power in male- dominated banks, how they transformed themselves from members of a non- distinct middle class, and how they in the process also transformed Wall Street, opening it up for female advancement and feminizing aspects of finance. Fisher, an assistant professor of anthropology at Georgetown, traced the women’s trajectories from their career starts during the fifties to retirement and post-retirement projects.
Melissa S. Fisher: Wall Street Women. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. 227 pp. $22.95, paperback; $79.95, cloth.