The Women Behind the Financial Revolution

South_Sea_BubbleMedieval and Early Modern Studies and UMBC50 Lecture 
Amy Froide, UMBC associate professor and acting chair of History 
Saturday, September 17, 3 – 4 p.m. 
132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Dr. Amy Froide will offer a sneak peek of her new book on women investors in the world’s first stock market, Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain’s Financial Revolution, 1690-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2016). Between a fifth and a third of investors in the Bank of England, joint stock companies, and government debt during Britain’s Financial Revolution were women, and Froide argues that women’s capital helped the rise of Britain as a trading and colonial empire. Women were early adopters of new financial opportunities and also served as investors for their husbands, brothers, and nephews. Silent Partners will hit bookstores this fall.

Registration is required — to register, visit

Refreshments to follow.

Sponsored by UMBC50 and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor.

Image: Hogarthian image of the 1720 “South Sea Bubble” from the mid-19th century, by Edward Matthew Ward. In the public domain.

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