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Women Money Power

Women Money Power

ISBN: 9781419762987
by Josie Cox
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In Women Money Power, financial journalist Josie Cox tells the compelling story of women’s fight for financial freedom, the social and political hurdles that have kept them from equality―​and the work that remains to be done.
“A bold, fascinating, and hugely important book . . . Unforgettable.”―Jonathan Eig, author of King: A Life and The Birth of the Pill

“A necessary and riveting read.”―Francesca Donner, former gender director at the New York Times

For centuries, women were denied equal access to money and the freedom and power that came with it. They were restricted from owning property or transacting in real estate. Even well into the 20th century, women could not take out their own loans or own bank accounts without their husband’s permission. They could be fired for getting married or pregnant, and if they still had a job, they could be kept from certain roles, restricted from working longer hours, and paid less than men for equal work.
It was a raw deal, and women weren’t happy with it. So they pushed back. Women, Money, Power is an inspirational account of brave pioneers who took on social mores and the law, including the “Rosies” who filled industrial jobs vacated by men and helped win WWII, the heiress whose fortune helped create the birth control pill, the brassy investor who broke into the boys’ club of the New York Stock Exchange, and the namesake of landmark equal pay legislation who refused to accept discrimination.
But as any woman can tell you, the battle for equality—for money and power—is far from over. Cox delves deep into the challenges women face today and the culture and systems that hold them back. This is a fascinating narrative account of progress, women’s lives, and the work still to be done.