Melissa Fisher, New York University, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
Chair: PD Dr. Elke Holst, Research Director Gender Studies, DIW Berlin
Introduction: Dr. Anja Kirsch, Department of Management, Freie Universität Berlin
In her book Wall Street Women Melissa Fisher ethnographically examined how the first cohort of women in finance enacted "market feminisms", incorporating tenets of liberal feminism such as equal rights into Wall Street institutions. Drawing on nearly two decades of field work with women in financial professions, this talk explores the recent evolution in the gendering of Wall Street as well as the potential effects of that evolution. Melissa Fisher will focus on effects of the 2008 financial crisis which was far more than any of its predecessors, depicted in strikingly gendered terms - with many commentators articulating a divide between masculine, greedy, risk-taking behavior and feminine, conservative, risk-averse approaches for healing the crisis.
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