Exhibit: Up Against the Wall, Street

August 2, 2009

By Michael Fressola, Staten Island Advance

What if all the women streaming off Staten Island ferries and into Wall Street offices each weekday morning just stayed home? Would the whole system crash?

"Probably," says Museum of American Finance exhibitions director Leena Akhtar. Her new show, "Women of Wall Street," looks at some of the glass-ceiling smashers on trading floors and in brokerage houses.

The senior figure in this company, Abigail Adams (1744-1818), was a long-distance wheeler-dealer. Instructed by her husband, John, to keep the family money in land, with a 2 percent return, she ignored him and put it into government bonds, at 24 percent...