Social Sciences Forum
“Silent Partners: Women as Investors in Britain’s First Stock Market, 1690-1750”
Amy Froide, Associate Professor and Acting Chair of History
Tuesday, March 14, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
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 brokers 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.
Admission is free.
Directions and parking information
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue Garage adjacent to the Library — please see here for additional information. The Library Gallery is located on the first floor of the Library, situated on the left immediately past the lobby.
Co-sponsored by the Department of History.
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