City Girl was watching when all the boys thought they were masters of the universe. She was there when they blew their bonuses on Lamborghinis and lapdancers.
She was fighting for survival as they sent the country into the worst slump since the Great Depression.
Now she’s ready to tell her story.
Barbara Stcherbatcheff arrived in London and joined her first merchant bank in the boom days of 2004. City Girl was born – and she was in a hurry. In five crazy years she climbed the ladder fast. She worked for old school stockbrokers in the shadow of the Bank of England. She competed against the bad boy brokers of Canary Wharf. She worked with super-rich hedge fund managers in the sleek streets of Mayfair. She met, married and divorced her very own City Boy. She made and lost millions of pounds. She’s seen it all, done it all and lived to tell the tale.
This is her story. It’s the first time any City Girl has broken ranks and exposed the macho madness that has destroyed banks and ruined so many lives. It’s the first time any City Girl has said what went wrong – and why the girls are the only ones who can put it right.
Sometimes funny, sometimes thoughtful and always real. This is the inside story of ‘Sexism and the city’ - by The London Paper’s star columnist City Girl.
Barbara Stcherbatcheff landed her first job in the City in 2004 after attending Colgate University in New York, and then the Tuck Bridge Program at Dartmouth. She was admitted as a trader on the Eurex in 2006 and passed her FSA exams in 2008. She began her column as The Londonpaper's "Citygirl" in 2008, taking over the slot previously occupied by Geraint Anderson’s Cityboy column, which exposed the excesses of life in the City before the banking crisis hit.
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