Very Fancy Returns

Joan Lappin vividly remembers her introduction to the men's-club world of Wall Street. The year was 1967, and in her first job as an analyst at Equity Research Corp. she had to attend a meeting at the New York Stock Exchange. At that time, no women were allowed in the Big Board's lunch club, located on the same floor as the conference room. So, security guards wouldn't let Lappin in on that floor. She then took the service elevator with a couple of janitors to avoid being seen by the lunching brokers. No wonder Lappin now gets a kick out of declining lunch invitations at the Big Board.

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