Meet Moneyish’s inspiring Ceiling Smashers.
As part of the Moneyish series “Ceiling Smashers,” successful women across industries — including law enforcement, academia, comics, welding and medicine — have shared how they broke down professional barriers, often in male-dominated fields. Here’s where to find all of their stories in one place:
Gursoch Kaur, a recent addition to New York’s auxiliary police program and the first turbaned Sikh woman to join the NYPD, tells Moneyish how her religion inspired her to protect and serve.
Nell Scovell, the second female writer for “Late Night with David Letterman” and co-author of “Lean In,” reflects on female representation in TV, the #MeToo era and learning from Sheryl Sandberg.
Tammy Gray-Steele, founder of the nonprofit National Women In Agriculture Association and a self-styled “agri-business diva,” is helping women develop their farm businesses and boosting minority presence in agriculture.
Kay Koplovitz, the founder of USA Networks and first woman TV network CEO, talks about her quest to obtain approval to use satellite for commercial business.
Becky Lorenz, a NASA-trained welder working in a 96% male industry, explains why she “won’t take crap from anyone” — and how she’s persevered on the job through multiple illnesses.
Loretta Zuk, having obtained her dream job as a superintendent at Columbia University, recalls her handyperson days and tells Moneyish why she wants more women to enter her “growing” field.
Bryna Kra, an award-winning mathematician who was the first woman to chair Northwestern University’s math department, sums up why she feels “a strong obligation to help the next generation” of women in mathematics.
Trina Robbins, a comic icon credited as both the first woman to draw Wonder Woman in her own series and the first creator to feature an out lesbian protagonist, looks back on the misogynistic underground comics scene and reflects on attending last year’s “Wonder Woman” premiere.
Esther Choo, one of few female emergency medicine doctors who’ve also pursued academia’s traditional research tenure track, charts the barriers women in medicine face in rising to leadership roles.
Nathalie Molina Niño, the CEO of BRAVA Investments, tells Moneyish why she’s done being a “model minority” and why she’ll only bankroll companies that benefit women — not just female entrepreneurs.
Rohini Dey, a former economist and founder of the Indian-Latin fusion restaurant Vermilion, lays out her plan to push women through the “gastro ceiling” and boost senior female leadership in her industry.
Jenifer Rajkumar, a lawyer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointee, recalls being underestimated throughout her career and argues that people are “persuaded by ideas and a person with convictions.”
Marley Dias, a 13-year-old activist whose viral #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign collected more than 11,000 books to boost black girls’ representation, shares advice for other young people looking to spark social change.
Teri Thompson, one of the first woman sportswriters in the country and the New York Daily News’ first female managing editor for sports, recalls her early days of fighting for access to the locker room.
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