The Open UniversitySkip to content

Men, Women and Money: Perspectives on Gender, Wealth and Investment, 1850-1930

Green, David R.; Maltby, Josephine; Owens, Alastair and Rutterford, Janette eds. (2011). Men, Women and Money: Perspectives on Gender, Wealth and Investment, 1850-1930. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed significant developments in the structure, organization, and expansion of financial markets and opportunities for investment in Britain and its empire. But very little is known about how men and women engaged with these markets and with new opportunities for money-making. In what ways did the composition of personal fortunes alter in response to these developments? How did individuals make use of new financial opportunities to further their own priorities and ensure their families' well-being? What choices of securities did they make, and how did these reflect their attitudes to investment risk? What were the implications of a rapidly growing investor population for corporate governance and the regulation of markets? How significant is gender in understanding new patterns of wealth holding and investment?

This interdisciplinary book brings together a range of leading international scholars to answer these questions and to develop important new research agendas. Foremost among these is a concern for gender, with several of the chapters exploring the growing importance of women within investment markets. These findings open up dialogues between economic and financial historians with social, gender, and feminist historians, and add a significant new dimension to existing research on women's economic agency. The volume also breaks fresh ground by analysing aspects of wealth holding and finance in British colonial settings: Canada and Australia. Understanding the extent to which global financial processes shaped the economic lives of those on the 'periphery' as well as at the 'heart' of empire will offer new insights into the social and geographical diffusion of financial markets.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2011 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-959376-0, 978-0-19-959376-7
Extra Information: The chapters that comprise this book are based upon papers presented at a specially convened international workshop on wealth, investment, and gender in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries held at the Open University, Milton
Keynes, UK, 16–17 June 2008.

This event was generously supported by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council as part of a wider research project on ‘Women and Investors in England and Wales, c.1870 to 1930’ (Award number RES-000-23-1435).
Keywords: women investors; gender; stock exchange investment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 33123
Depositing User: Janette Rutterford
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 16:52
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:04
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU