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‘Have You Ever Been Sexually Harassed?’

Sallie Krawcheck, a pioneer for women in finance, talks with up-and-comer Bianca Caban about the uncomfortable reality of being a woman in a male-dominated industry

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Sallie Krawcheck made it to the top of Wall Street. She was chief financial officer of Citigroup and chief executive officer of Citi’s wealth management business—before she got fired. “If you asked me when it happened if I got fired from Citi because I’m a woman, I would have told you, absolutely not,” she told Fast Company in 2014. “But now I’d say: not exactly.”

Krawcheck went on to start Ellevest, an investing platform aimed at closing the gender wealth gap. For someone like Bianca Caban, a recent Columbia Business School graduate, Krawcheck is somewhere between a Wall Street role model and a feminist idol, so we sat the two down to talk about what it takes to make it in the male-dominated world of finance. Krawcheck didn’t hold back. Sexual harassment and bias existed when she was coming up, and Caban will likely face the same hurdles as she progresses in her career.