Growing up, twin sisters Nicole and Jill Carty had a lot in common.
But around the age of 14, Nicole Carty told ABC News today, they started going in different directions — and they never stopped, with Nicole Carty attending Brown University for a degree in sociology and Jill Carty heading to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue degrees in international business and studies.
Now with the Occupy Wall Street movement more than a month old, the recent Ivy League graduates have found themselves on Wall Street but on opposing sides.
Nicole Carty, who works for a television station, spends her free time in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street’s headquarters, organizing general assembly meetings for the demonstrators.
Jill Carty works for a company that assists financial service clients. She said although she agreed with some of the protesters’ sentiments, she did not support more government regulations and intervention.
“I feel that’s what’s gotten us into this mess in the first place,” she told ABC News Wednesday. “There are always unintended consequences with government intervention.”
She said it was no secret among her family that she and Nicole Carty had different views on Occupy Wall Street and its message.
“I’d be very much more pleased if she [Nicole Carty] would be able to come up with solutions to these problems [voiced by protesters] that use the tools of the country and the world like economics and things that I feel have potential really to change the way that things work and the way people behave,” Jill Carty said.
But Nicole Carty said that her sister’s politics were completely wrong and off base.
“[Jill Carty] lacks a fundamental understanding of structural oppression that is inexcusable and immature,” she said. “She just really trusts capitalism and doesn’t recognize that capitalism is kind of responsible for a lot of the injustices we have in the world.”
Despite their differing stances, the Cartys said it was not always raised voices and strong opinions.
Jill Carty said that she visited Zuccotti Park with her twin last weekend.
“It was really incredible to see how in her element she is there,” she said. “People know her. People recognize her. It’s amazing that she’s standing up for what she believes in.”
Nicole Carty said she wanted people to know she liked her sister.
“I do really like her,” she told ABC News today. “We kind of understand we’re sisters. The bonds of family keep you together regardless.”
“Sometimes we have to cool off a few days,” Jill Carty said. “Then we’re good.”