Tales from the Boom-Boom Room by Susan Antilla
Women vs. Wall Street

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In the 1990s, women in record numbers looked to Wall Street as a great place to build successful and lucrative careers. What many of them found there was no meritocracy, but an industry living by the rules of a 1960s fraternity, with the money and legal clout to silence any challenges. Award-winning columnist Susan Antilla broke the story of shocking sex discrimination at Smith Barney and other major brokers. Her disclosures in the press were a rallying cry for class actions challenging the sexual hazing and outrageous disparities in pay that shackled professional women on Wall Street.

Taking its title from the infamous basement party room of Smith Barney’s Garden City, New York, branch office, and representing years of extensive research, Tales from the Boom-Boom Room traces the story of the lead whistle-blower, Pam Martens, the crusading broker who put an entire industry on the defensive, then found herself at odds not just with her local bosses and with powerful figures like Travelers Group president Jamie Dimon, but with her coplaintiffs and attorneys. The women’s employment agreements forbade them to sue, and only an ingenious legal strategy circumvented that virtual gag rule and brought the scandal out from behind the closed doors of arbitration. This is a riveting human, legal, and business drama of women and men in the financial institutions on Wall Street and around America.
 

About Susan Antilla

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Susan Antilla has been investigating allegations of sexual harassment on Wall Street for the past seven years and broke several of its first major stories. Currently a columnist with Bloomberg News, she launched the weekly investing column in the Saturday edition and the ?Between Main & Wall? ombudsman column at The New York Times. She was bureau chief of the Money section of USA Today and financial bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun. Antilla was twice selected as a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Scribe Publications. 384 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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At least that's what it feels like to read ''Tales From the Boom-Boom Room,'' Susan Antilla's chronicle of harassment and discrimination on Wall Street.

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This in-depth investigation of the Smith Barney sex scandal and other discrimination against women on Wall Street in the 1990s is an eye-opener.

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