I stood in front of a room filled with 100 female advisors, they were attractive, smart, qualified and dedicated to their career. I was reminded how far women had come in the financial industry. These women (most younger than I) were all hired because of their skills, qualifications and ability… as for me I was hired because the industry was forced to hire women.
Due to a class action suit in the 90s Smith Barney was mandated by the courts that 25% of all new financial advisors hired must be women, their punishment my opportunity. Now don’t get me wrong, I had the skills, knowledge and ability, which landed me in the top quintile of Smith Barney advisors but that was NOT why I was hired.
How the industry has changed…Today financial firms are actively trying to recruit women not because they are forced to but because they have since learned the impact women have on their bottom line.