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All-male policy ends: Helsinki Bourse Club accepts 43 female members

The Helsinki Bourse Club for rich investors overturned their ban on women after a swirl of criticism.

Pörssiklubin kyltti Helsingin Pörssitalossa.
The Helsinki Bourse Club has abandoned its men-only membership policy. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

The Helsinki Bourse Club, a private society for investors, accepted 125 new members at its election board meeting on Wednesday. For the first time ever the club also accepted female members, 43 in all.

The Bourse Club was founded in 1910 "to create a space for stock market activities". In 1997 the group officially banned women from applying for membership.

After strong criticism in 2018 the organisation changed its bylaws last November and allowed women to join.

"We are thrilled to welcome all our new members," the club's publicist Eljas Repo said.

Repo said that last year 20 members either resigned or passed away, but that the membership is on the rise.

The Helsinki Bourse Club accepts membership applications each January. The application period usually ends each September, but this time the club extended the the deadline into November.

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