In 1989, 21 year old Durreen Shahnaz became the first Bangladeshi woman to work on Wall Street. A graduate of Smith’s college and a Morgan Stanley alumni, she was acutely aware of her position as one of a handful of women in the sector.
“There was this unspoken sense that you are different. I would be given the most awful projects to work on and I would work day and night on them. It would be so intense. But a male colleague at the same level as me would be given a more high-profile project and would be included in meetings.”