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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

The research and writing of a book can be a long, lonely, and expensive endeavor, so I am grateful to the many institutions and individuals that provided me with assistance. The president and provost of William Paterson University granted me a sabbatical leave in 2007–8, during which I began...

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Introduction: Opportunities and Obstacles

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pp. 1-15

During the past twenty years, a veritable bonanza of new scholarship, literary and historical, has argued that women played a vital economic role in the rise of capitalism in Europe and the Americas. In particular, scholars of the British Isles and the United States have demonstrated how women helped...

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1. The Vortex of Speculation: Picturing Women Investors

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pp. 16-39

Women who ventured into Wall Street in the late nineteenth century did so at a time when there was both great animosity toward the stock market and considerable skepticism regarding women’s capacity for investment. This chapter will explore these sentiments as they were expressed by a wide...

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2. Engendering Finance: Women and Wall Street

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pp. 40-78

For most of the twentieth century, American women’s long-standing participation in financial activities remained hidden from history. Most studies of Wall Street and the stock market never mention women at all. Others do so in passing, with an occasional reference to Victoria Woodhull...

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3. Lambs to be Fleeced and Petticoated Sharks: Women and Financial Fraud

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pp. 79-109

The exposure of financial frauds perpetrated against women—as well as by women—highlighted the danger, uncertainty, and corruption associated with certain forms of investment, and with Wall Street in general. Speculative securities were condemned as too risky and vulnerable to fraudulent...

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4. Turning Wall Street Inside Out: Victoria Woodhull and the Feminist Debate on Finance

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pp. 110-143

The meteoric rise and spectacular career of the women’s-rights activist Victoria Woodhull during the 1870s pushed financial debates concerning women onto the front page. In her role as the nation’s first female stockbroker, Woodhull seemed to open up new economic vistas for American women, and...

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5. Call Me Madam Ishmael: Hetty Green and the Female Tycoon

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pp. 144-176

The most successful and famous woman financier of the Gilded Age was Hetty Green, a whale oil heiress turned Wall Street tycoon, who became a lightning rod for debates about women and money. No one could doubt her success or financial genius, for, in the decades following the Civil War, she...

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Epilogue and Conclusion

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pp. 177-186

In the decades since the 1920s, American women have made notable progress as both investors and financial-sector employees, but in many areas of high finance, gender parity remains a distant dream. On Wall Street, women still hold few positions in upper management. The “old boys’ network” in...

Notes

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pp. 187-222

Bibliography

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pp. 223-244

Index

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pp. 245-252