With the exit of chief executives like Ellen Costello, Ellen Alemany and, soon, Irene Dorner, the ranks of women at the top of major banks are thinning out. Beth Mooney helps keep hope alive, but the expectation generally had been that she'd be getting more company.

So, in putting together the 2014 edition of the most powerful women in banking and finance, we decided to pose a few questions about gender to our honorees. One of those questions became a theme for this issue: "Does gender matter in banking?" You'll find some of the responses here.

But we'd also like to hear from you. After you check out the quotes and videos, please tell us what you think.

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Let Talent Decide 'Jump Balls,' Not Gender: KeyCorp’s Beth Mooney
Does gender matter in banking? It does and it doesn't, explains KeyCorp CEO Beth Mooney, who also addresses whether she ever felt gender was an issue for her personally during her banking career.
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Women Can Change the Conversation: Zions' LeeAnne Linderman
Absolutely, gender matters in every industry, says Zions' LeeAnne Linderman. And she noticed a difference at Zions as more women joined the senior ranks.
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Gender Always Matters: Bank of America's Cathy Bessant
Men and women approach life differently, says Cathy Bessant, Bank of America's global technology and operations executive. Women tend to care more about their legacy, and not many would take satisfaction in having a tombstone that says, "great banker."
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Women Need to Hang In There: Ally Bank's Barbara Yastine
Count Ally Bank CEO Barbara Yastine among those who think gender is still an issue in banking. Here's what she thinks women can do about it.

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