History was made on this day when the London Stock Exchange (LSE) finally, after 200 years, allowed women to enter its premises as employees.

One of the ten women in this first intake commented that the Exchange was the “last bastion of misogyny” and that business at the Exchange seemed to be carried out “at a leisurely pace”.

Although women were allowed into the Exchange they were not allowed to enter the trading pit where business was conducted at a frenetic pace. Many commentators thought that women would never be allowed to trade on the floor of the house but in fact women only had to wait a further six months before access to the trading pit was granted.
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