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Elizabeth Lumley

Elizabeth Lumley - Startupbootcamp FinTech

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A place to share stuff that isn't at all fintec related but is amusing, absurd or scary.

It's a man's world...?

24 June 2008  |  3856 views  |  2

This is a funny story about about how women with long nails can't use an iPhone. Which is a bit strange, as an owner of an iPod Touch, I think they are a rather female friendly.

But it got me thinking about other tiny annoyances for women in the City. To name a few:

1. Shiny marble floors at investment banks when your wearing high heels.

2. Name tags at conferences that are made to clip on to lapels, but on you rest every so fetchingly pinned on the edge of your chest.

3. The whole 'tights or no tights' debate recently written about in the WSJ.

Staying away from some hard core 'sexism or no sexism' debate. What other minor annoyances do women find when navigating a career in in the City?

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Peter Roberts - UCL - London | 24 June, 2008, 11:42 Shiny floors are a menace to both sexes. I have some seemingly sensible shoes which have absolutely no grip whatsoever on marble floors and Tube escalators after a spot of light drizzle. Canary Wharf after a bit of rain is particularly exciting.
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Paul Penrose - Finextra - London | 25 June, 2008, 09:28

For the full crime-sheet, check out this story in New York Magazine: Only the men survive, about the rise and fall of Zoe Cruz at Morgan Stanley. Nicknamed the Cruz Missile because of her combative management style, she eventually crashed and burned during the sub-prime crisis in November.

'If women across Wall Street viewed Cruz’s firing as a blow, there were men at Morgan Stanley who seemed almost gleeful about it. The woman they had nicknamed the “Czarina,” the “Wicked Witch,” and, most famously, “Cruz Missile” was out of the picture. They joked that it was worth the $9 billion loss to have her gone. In her rise through the company, Cruz had become not just one of the most powerful women on Wall Street but also the most loathed. It’s a matter of opinion whether those two things are inextricably linked, but for Cruz the same qualities that propelled her almost to the top also prevented her from reaching it.'

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Elizabeth Lumley - Startupbootcamp FinTech - London | 25 June, 2008, 14:52

Yes, but Cruz, ahem, retired after a $3.7 billion write down. Not after slipping on her Manolos down a staircase at Morgan Stanley.

I though of another one! Networking events with food and drink, highlight the lack of pockets in womens' clothing. Where do you keep those business cards?

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