‘Men only’ club votes for historic change to let women become members

The club has been a Helsinki institution for more than 100 years but now women can join after landmark vote.

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File picture showing interior of Helsinki Stock Exchange Club / Credit: Pörssiklubi

Helsinki’s Stock Exchange Club has decided to approve a measure to let women join.

The vote was passed by a clear majority of 77%.

Of the 450 votes that were cast today, 335 were in favour with just 114 against.

Back in September the club voted to allow women members, but the provisions in the club’s bylaws meant it had to be approved by two thirds at a second vote.

The club had come under pressure to change its rules, with the owner of the building saying they might not renew the lease on the premises if the club continued to ban women from becoming members.

The Stock Exchange Club was founded more than a hundred years ago, and the club’s website says they “uphold gentlemen’s club traditions” and that “English ‘club life’ has served as an example” for their 1800 members.