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Isabel Benham: Wall Street Pioneer

Posted on 06/18/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIsabel Benham was the first woman to become a partner at a Wall Street bond firm, but it wasn’t easy. When she graduated from Bryn Mawr with a degree in economics in 1931, a dean at the school gave her some advice on how to get a job in the financial industry: Learn to type. Others were more dismissive. “Go home to mother, join the Junior League, get married and live happily ever after,” she recalled them saying. Fortunately, Benham, …