Women of Wall Street
January 8, 2010
The title of a current exhibition at the American Museum of Finance -- "Women of Wall Street" -- may strike some as an oxymoron. And, indeed, the museum itself notes, "Until recent decades, women had largely been excluded from Wall Street."
However, some managed to make their mark, and it is these women who form the focus of this exhibition.
The display's historical portion focuses on five key women -- from Abigail Adams, who traded bonds, to Muriel Siebert, the first woman to purchase a seat on the stick exchange. In between it looks at Victoria Woodhull,(above) who, along running for president and advocating free love and women's suffrage, opened the first female brokerage on Wall Street.
In addition, the museum presents an interactive `installation focusing on women who have reached important positions in the financial world today. These women speak about their experiences.
"Women of Wall Street" runs through March.
Meanwhile, the museum also displays an eight-foot by twenty-foot wall, with video accompaniment, tracing the development of the current financial crisis. Women, we bet, do not figure much in this exhibit.
For more information on the museum, including location, hours and other displays, go to its website.