A Fearless Girl statue arrived in the City of London last week, in time for International Women’s Day. The small, defiant figure contrasts strikingly with other female statues in London’s financial district. These are few in number, unless the dragons emblematic of the place are female. Many of the rest are queens or semi-naked allegorical figures. A worthy exception is Margaret Thatcher. She drove through big-bang deregulation of financial services. Muriel Wood is one pioneer worth celebrating. She started in the City as a shorthand typist in 1925. Her applications to become a member of the stock exchange were repeatedly blocked until 1973, when she and five others became the first women members of the boys’ club. Another trailblazer was Debbie Moore, founder of Pineapple Dance Studios. She sashayed on to its hallowed trading floor nine years later, the first woman to float a company on the exchange. Anita Roddick, who floated the Body Shop store chain, should be another candidate ...

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