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Social Science Forum: Prof. Amy Froide, "Silent Partners"

Come hear about women investors in the earliest stock market

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn
“Silent Partners:  Women as Investors in Britain’s First Stock Market, 1690-1750”
Amy M. Froide, Professor, History Department, UMBC

Thursday, September 14 – 4:00PM - 5:30PM
AOK Library Gallery with Reception and Book signing to follow

One of the world’s first stock markets emerged in the coffeehouses of London in the 1690s. Up to one third of investors in corporations such as the East India and South Sea companies, the Bank of England, and the national debt were women.  Prof. Froide discusses how these women learned to invest, how they served as financial agents and broker for kin and others, and the types of financial agency that women exercised.  Not only did women earn dividends, they challenged corporations in court, and voted in shareholder elections. Most importantly, women functioned as ‘financial patriots’, aiding in Britain’s emerging dominance as a colonial and trading power in the eighteenth century. 

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