Elizabeth Banks: She is a woman who can’t quit bank, says her son
Elizabeth Banks is one of America’s most celebrated bankwomen, a role she has held since she first came to the United States in 1915.
But the 68-year-old woman known as “the Queen of the Bank” is struggling to shake off the stigma associated with being a white, wealthy woman in a country that still struggles with racism and sexism.
“I don’t want to be a woman that’s seen as a symbol of white privilege, because that doesn’t belong to me,” she told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Sunday.
Banks, who is of Irish, African-American, and Polish heritage, said she has struggled with being pigeonholed in the past.
“When I was growing up, I was a poor kid who had no family, and I was taught to believe that I was black,” Banks said.
“That was the way it was, that was the world that I lived in, that I thought was the truth, and that was my reality, and now I’m struggling to live my life in that way.”
We are in this together, and we can’t change the past, but we can change the future.
I think that’s what we need to do.
“While Banks has often been credited with helping to save the United Kingdom from the Great Depression, the stigma surrounding the bank’s founding roots is still a problem.
In the early 1900s, there were fewer than 100 banks operating in the United State, but today there are more than 500.”
It is the banks that were bailed out, not the people,” Banks told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sunday, adding that the banks “were bailed out because they had money, and they needed that money.
“And I don’t think that has changed, because it’s not fair.
The banks that have gone bankrupt have gone to Wall Street, not Main Street.”
Banks was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1913.
She studied journalism at the University of Alabama, where she graduated in 1935.
She later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, where her father, the legendary banker Andrew Banks, worked for the city’s first public library.
Balls, who died in 2008, married her husband, Richard, in 1959.
They lived in Manhattan, New York, until the couple moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1969.
Her son, Stephen, has a bachelor of arts in business from the university and a master of business administration from the College of William and Mary.
Stephen Banks is a member of the board of directors for the Bank of America Corporation.
He is also a trustee of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen, a father of two daughters, said he is proud of his daughter’s work.
“She’s very smart and very accomplished.
She’s very successful,” he said.”
But I think it’s also the fact that I think she’s not afraid to challenge herself, to stand up and say, ‘I’m a woman.
I’m not going to be one of those white, rich, white women who can sit back and do nothing.
I am going to make my own mistakes and do things that I really care about.’ “