This Week in Women – Quarantine Edition

It is more difficult each day to find non Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic news. I know there will be countless stories of heroic women when the storm has passed. In the meantime, it feels like watching a storm in slow motion. We know the damage was done before our closures and social distancing measures were put in place. Now we must wait several weeks to find out if these extreme measures are ‘flattening the curve’.

Two weeks ago, the Governor of Louisiana closed public schools and banned social gatherings above 50 people. The following week, New Orleans shuttered bars, gyms, and dine-in restaurants. On Monday, a statewide stay-at-home order went in to effect, mirroring the order from New Orleans’ mayor Latoya Cantrell the Friday prior. I am impressed with the leadership of my city’s mayor. Here she is on CNN this week drawing attention to the disturbing number of per capita cases in New Orleans.

The question about Mardi Gras was a cheap shot. There was no indication that Covid-19 transmission was taking place in New Orleans at the time due to the CDC failures around testing. She would have cancelled Mardi Gras if she had the information.

Millions of Americans found themselves out of a job this week, with a record-breaking 3.2 million initial unemployment claims filed. Sadly, some of the job losses are happening in the financial services industry. In an act of overwhelming kindness, social media expert Courtney McQuade is offering to review financial job seekers’ LinkedIn profiles.

Yes, You Really Can Help Solve the Gender Imbalance in Finance

Vanessa Sussman of Morningstar

Women have played a key role in building the financial system we know today. While many notable contributions of women have been overlooked by history textbooks, I wanted to take a moment and celebrate some of history’s most influential women in finance:

Iconic Women to Celebrate This Women’s History Month


Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks – these women are some of the many faces of Women’s History Month. They broke barriers, changed laws and orchestrated some of the most powerful movements in the history of women. It’s women like these, and many others, we recognize during Women’s History Month. Here’s a few more iconic women – both past and present – to celebrate during the month of March.

Celebrate Women at NASA

Ellen Ochoa in a NASA T-38 Jet Trainer

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