"Georgetown University anthropologist Fisher, co-editor of Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy, combines the detached curiosity of an anthropologist studying the folkways of a tribal village with a sure grasp of history, politics, and economics, as well as an affectionate regard for her subjects, a small group of highly successful women who entered Wall Street in the '60s." --Publishers Weekly, May 2012
"Melissa Fisher's Wall Street Women introduces us to a feminist world that we can hardly imagine. As they dream of changing the hostile domain of finance, women find themselves drawing on traditional notions of gender equality and coaching each other in old-fashioned survival skills. Written in enticing prose, Wall Street Women offers us an illuminating peek into a wholly unexpected fusion of feminism with the market." --Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
"Extensively researched and thoroughly documented, this portrait of a pioneering generation of women provides context for understanding the emergent discourse of feminizing markets. Strongly recommended for readers interested in business anthropology or gender studies, particularly for gendered discourses of finance and the female financial elite." Rebekah Wallin, Library Journal, June 2012 "Detecting gendering in high finance is a long-standing challenge - it is a domain inhospitable to the main categories of feminist analysis. Melissa Fisher goes at it with gusto and gives us a great book." --Saskia Sassen, author of Territory, Authority, Rights
About the Author
Melissa Fisher is Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. She is a coeditor of "Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy," also published by Duke University Press.