BOOK REVIEW: Boom lowered on Street sex scandal

Wall Street brokerage houses are synonymous with testosterone.

Wall Street brokerage houses are synonymous with testosterone.

That was especially true in the years before women entered the workplace en masse. As such, the assimilation of women into this environment would never be easy. Still, Susan Antilla's harrowing account of how women brokers were treated in some of the world's most famous trading houses is jaw-dropping. According to Antilla, the sexual harassment wasn't subtle either. Instead, in nearly all cases, it was overtly aggressive, ranging from indecent exposure to groping to every imaginable form of verbal abuse. Although overwritten in parts, the book is meticulously researched and offers amazing detail about the torment many women encountered on Wall Street during the 1980s, when women really began to penetrate the profession. The book also clearly demonstrates the PR damage that can occur when upper management tacitly condones such behavior by refusing to acknowledge that the problem exists in its ranks. ----- Title Tales From the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street Author Susan Antilla Publisher Bloomberg Press, 384 pages

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