The Stock Exchange Club Pörssi in Helsinki is voting today on whether to let women become members.
Women are currently banned from the men only club, and any change to the rules requires at least two-thirds of the votes to support it in today’s ballot, and at a second ballot as well.
The vote is set to be tight, as polling in the spring indicated only a slight majority of men were in favour of letting women join their exclusive establishment
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.
Government minister quits ‘men only’ club
Today’s vote comes as a high profile member of another men only club quit the institution over its refusal to let in women.
Finland’s Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen (NCP) has resigned from the Helsinki Finnish Club; while NCP Chairman Petteri Orpo and party secretary Janne Pesonen have said they’ll also think about quitting if the club doesn’t change their policy on women members.
The Helsinki Finnish Club describes itself as “a cultural club where the men of different ages, committed to the ideology of Finnishness” can meet.
The club’s executive director Kari Storckovius says they’ll start discussing the idea of letting women in at their November meeting. But it doesn’t mean change is coming any time soon.
“This autumn meeting is just a conversation conference, where no decisions will be made when it comes to the rules of the club” he tells News Now Finland.
Storckovius, however, believes even if National Coalition Party executives resign it won’t make any difference to the rules, as they can only be changed by a majority of voting members.
“Only if the proposal gets support among the club members, changes to the rules can be made” says Storckovius.
The National Coalition Party itself has a cosy relationship with the Helsinki Finnish Club, as the party rents office space from the club and shares a building.