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Paulina Bren

Biography

Paulina Bren

Paulina Bren is an award-winning historian and a professor at Vassar College, where she teaches international, gender and media studies. She received a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA in international studies from the University of Washington, and a PhD in history from New York University. She currently lives in the Bronx with her husband and daughter.

Paulina Bren

Books by Paulina Bren

by Paulina Bren - Business, Gender Studies, History, Nonfiction

First came the secretaries from Brooklyn and Queens --- the “smart cookies” who learned on the job despite the obstacles. Then came the first Harvard Business School grads. Eventually came the yuppies of the 1980s in power suits and commuter sneakers. In SHE-WOLVES, award-winning historian Paulina Bren tells the story of the first generations of women who fought their way into the bad-boy culture of the finance world. If the wolves of Wall Street made a show of their ferocity, the she-wolves did so with tough-as-nails persistence. Starting at a time when “No Ladies” signs hung across the doors of Wall Street’s clubs and unapologetic sexism and racism were the norm at top firms, Bren chronicles the remarkable women who demanded a seat at the table.

by Paulina Bren - History, Nonfiction

Liberated from home and hearth by World War I, politically enfranchised and ready to work, women arrived to take their place in the dazzling new skyscrapers of Manhattan. But they did not want to stay in uncomfortable boarding houses. They wanted what men already had --- exclusive residential hotels with daily maid service, cultural programs, workout rooms and private dining. Built in 1927 at the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Barbizon Hotel was intended as a safe haven for the “Modern Woman” seeking a career in the arts. It became the place to stay for any ambitious young woman hoping for fame and fortune. THE BARBIZON weaves together a tale that, until now, has never been told.