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Big Bad Floor Traders Don't Scare Maria Bartiromo

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“I had two things going against me. I was a reporter with a camera and I was a woman,” she says of her early days reporting live from the bedlam of the testosterone-fueled boys’ club on the exchange floor. “One day, I was standing by the General Electric post and there were maybe 25 guys within earshot when one of them who was about three times my age said, ‘Run along, little girl, and don’t come here again.’ I had knots in my stomach. I looked at him and said, ‘Don’t talk to me that way’—and I ran along! But I came back! And I kept coming back. And 20 years later, I’m still there.” [VF]