(Bloomberg) –On a chilly Thursday afternoon last month, several dozen women gathered at the Flywheel Sports spinning studio in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, donned tights and sneakers, and started pedaling.

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Just your ordinary pre-weekend exercise class, right? Wrong.

The women were part of a growing collection of financial professionals called Women in ETFs, an industry group for 2,700 members who work in the exchange-traded fund industry. The event was a charity spin in support of Save the Children and involved satellite gatherings in Boston, Chicago and Washington. All told they raised over $5,000.

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