Who Comprised the Nation of Shareholders? Gender and Investment in Great Britain, C. 1870–1935

31 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2011

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Janette Rutterford

The Open University - Business School

David R. Green

King's College London - Department of Geography

Josephine Maltby

University of York - The York Management School

Alastair Owens

Queen Mary University of London - Department of Geography

Abstract

This article explores the widening ownership of stocks and shares in Great Britain between 1870 and 1935. It demonstrates the extent of that growth and the increasing number of small investors. Women became more important in terms of the number of shareholders and value of holdings. Factors that encouraged this trend included the issue of less risky types of investments, and legal changes relating to married women's property. We examine the ‘deepening’ importance of stocks and shares for wealth holders, arguing that the growing significance of these kinds of financial assets was as important as the growth in the investor population.

Suggested Citation

Rutterford, Janette Marie and Green, David R. and Maltby, Josephine and Owens, Alastair, Who Comprised the Nation of Shareholders? Gender and Investment in Great Britain, C. 1870–1935. The Economic History Review, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 157-187, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00539.x

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