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Advice From One Female PM to Others

Some of the old tropes about investing discourage women from pursuing portfolio management jobs. The irony is that these industry stereotypes (that investing is highly quantitative; that it requires a "male" emotional temperament) are in some cases actually detrimental to good investing--yet because they persist, they narrow the pool of talent. While some large employers are making progress in increasing diversity, the stubborn persistence of the industry's male dominance, which has not budged over the past decade, suggests that the subtle cultural biases of the industry need to be addressed.

Forget Perfect Life Partners

Common wisdom holds that women choose between their careers and children, and that they leave good jobs after having kids because the demands of motherhood become overwhelming. Yet the reality, in investment management and elsewhere, is more complex. Many women, myself included, leave dream jobs because their partners are not the "Lean In" spouses of Sheryl Sandberg's dreams. Until high-intensity careers like portfolio management offer more flexibility for working families, they will continue to lose talented people (women and men--but, disproportionately, women) who mate "assortatively" (that is, marry other high performers).