Wall Street Wants More Female Traders But Old Perceptions Die Hard

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NEW YORK – As a biomedical engineering student at Duke University, Priya Karani thought she did not have the right skills to break into the heavily male-dominated field of Wall Street trading.

“I was never interested in a career in trading at a bank because I didn’t know it was an option,” Karani said.

A decade later, Karani is a director at Barclays PLC (BARC.L) in New York where she trades healthcare derivatives and helps the bank’s effort to attract more women to trading by talking to female college students about her job.




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