I prove a formula expressing the descendent genus g Gromov-Witten invariants of a projective variety X in terms of genus 0 invariants of its symmetric product stack S g+1 (X). When X is a point, the latter are structure constants of the symmetric group, and we obtain a new way of calculating the GromovWitten invariants of a point. 1. Introduction Let X be a smooth projective variety. The genus 0 Gromov-Witten invariants of X satisfy relations which imply that they can be completely encoded in the structure of a Frobenius manifold on the cohomology H ∗ (X, C). .