Are women more likely than men to be whistleblowers?


A whistleblower named Carmen Segarra is at the center of the stunning story, published Friday in ProPublica, about a too-cozy relationship between the New York Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs [fortune-stock symbol=”GS”]. A lawyer-turned-bank examiner at the New York Fed, Segarra was assigned watchdog duty inside Goldman and got fired within seven months—but not before she secretly recorded 46 hours of conversations that suggest her colleagues were unduly deferential to the investment bank.

The Fed and Goldman denied the allegations, but another woman watchdog, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has called for an investigation—joining a long line of female rabble-rousers who have dug in their high heels, stuck out their necks, and sought to expose misdeeds in high corporate echelons.

“Whistleblower is synonymous with troublemaker,” says Sherron Watkins, the former VP at Enron who wrote a letter to chairman Ken Lay in 2001 to tell him that the company’s accounting methods…

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