What Did It Take to Make ‘Equity,’ a Film About Women on Wall Street?


Some investors of the film “Equity.” Standing, from left, Deborah Carstens, Candy Straight, Salima Habib, Janice Reals Ellig, Christine Toretti, Linda Zwack Munger, Audrey McNiff, Susan Bevan, Suzanne Ordas Curry and Anne Erni. Seated, from left, Linnea Roberts, Monica Mandelli and Barbara Byrne. CreditRobin Holland

When Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner were pitching “Equity,” their film about female executives on Wall Street, they showed potential backers a video of the way women were typically depicted in finance movies: as demeaned assistants, “background players, hookers, strippers,” Ms. Reiner said. Rarely were women the bosses who made the deals, or even the negotiators who enabled them.

And rarer still was the female power player who declares, as the heroine of “Equity” does early on, “I like money.”

“I’m so glad we can sit here, as women, and talk about ambition,” the character, played by Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad,” continues. “But money doesn’t have to be a dirty word. We can like that, too.”…

What Did It Take to Make ‘Equity,’ a Film About Women on Wall Street?

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