QuoteOriginally posted by: NoniusQuoteOriginally posted by: DancerAs a feminine feminist and appreciator of pop-culture - a paradox I know, the finale of my beloved show led to much rumination on my part. Beyond the joys of a slick apartment, primo style, cosmopolitans and oodles of manolos, how do women really fare in the male dominated financial markets??? This is perhaps rehashing old cliched thoughts on women in the work place but I would really like the HONEST opinion of some of the (alpha??) males in this forum. Take the trading floor as an example. how do you explain the lack of women (given research showing higher levels of women and higher results coming out of education)? Would you take a very glamourous stylish woman more seriously in terms of doing business.....or perhaps less. Or perhaps I underestimate males and appearance is utterly irrelevant?? Enlighten me please.I am trying to translate your enquiries into Noniusese, but, let me say this:1. It is true that there are not a lot of women on trading floors.2. This is true for a number of different industries/professions, so I don't know if there is a "less than average" percentage of women on the trading floor vis a vis other professions.3. There are spectacular success stories of women working in finance. I guess, unfortunately for women, the ones who appear in the press tend to be of the infamous variety. Martha Stewart was a broker. There was a recent scandal at WestLB involving a highflying chick with blond hair, blue eyes, and who looked liked she stepped out of a Kappa Kappa Gamma function at Stanford.4. You will hate this, but, the closer proximity you get to a trading floor, the better looking and more glamourous the women become. The closer you get to a sexy, high profile desk, the better looking the women become. Money attracts women. Sexy, risk taking activities attract women. Traders/salespeople/IB types who have cashish to burn, often are a little more discriminating when it comes to hiring women. Of course, at the top desks at the top firms, they have to be well-educated, polished, and hungry. Even better if they are willing to fuk a manager. This is just the way it is...oh, and by the way, there is a tendency to hire good looking people in general on the floor. Looks matter. Just the way it is.