There’s Something About Mary

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Media Outlet: The Weekly Wonk

"At least we don’t have office parties in strip clubs any more,” mused a college friend of mine over a recent end-of-year lunch. She entered a bank training program in the 1980s; we were chatting about the progress women have made in the financial sector. Back then, she said, female bankers or traders could expect – regularly – to fend off sexual harassment and inappropriate comments from male colleagues. Now, she reflected, much of the animal-house culture has dissipated.

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Liza Mundy is a senior fellow at New America, and the former director of the organization’s Breadwinning and Caregiving program. She is the author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.