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Amy M. Froide

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767985.001.0001

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Introduction: Women as Public Investors in England

Introduction: Women as Public Investors in England

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Women as Public Investors in England
Silent Partners

Amy M. Froide

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an introduction to women’s place in the Financial Revolution and women’s relationship to financial capitalism from the late seventeenth and into the first half of the eighteenth century. Women of all marital statuses, both femes soles and femes coverts, invested in stocks and shares in the public market that emerged in London in the 1690s. A survey of the numbers of female investors reveals that women made up between a fourth and a third of investors in the major companies, the Bank of England, and government debt. A discussion of the financial options available to a would-be female investor, how women gained the skills to invest—such as numeracy and accounting—and where they turned for investment knowledge and information is also provided.

Keywords:   capitalism, Financial Revolution, Bank of England, South Sea Company, government debt, accounting, numeracy, arithmetic, bookkeeping, financial knowledge

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