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WOMEN OF VALUE

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WOMEN OF VALUE

Feminist Essays on the History of Women in Economics

9781852789596 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mary Ann Dimand, taught at Albion College, US, Robert W. Dimand, Professor of Economics, Brock University, Canada and Evelyn L. Forget, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Canada
Publication Date: January 1995 ISBN: 978 1 85278 959 6 Extent: 240 pp
Women of Value seeks to better understand the lives and work of the women who helped to build the economics profession. A number of these papers focus on the sociology of the economics discipline including the failure to cite the work of women economists, graduate work by women and the personal networks among women economists in the pre-war period. It also includes a personal memoir of the experience of one female graduate student studying in the 1930s. Later papers focus on specific women economists including Jane Marcet, Harriet Martineau, Harriet Taylor, Barbara Bodichon, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mary Paley Marshall. The final chapter in the book looks at two studies of the role of women in industry carried out in the early twentieth century.

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Women economists rarely feature in most textbooks on the history of economic thought before 1960, despite the many articles and theses produced by them in the period. Why is their work so little studied? What did they write about? Who listened to them, supported them or hindered them?

Women of Value seeks to better understand the lives and work of the women who helped to build the economics profession. A number of these papers focus on the sociology of the economics discipline including the failure to cite the work of women economists, graduate work by women and the personal networks among women economists in the pre-war period. It also includes a personal memoir of the experience of one female graduate student studying in the 1930s. Later papers focus on specific women economists including Jane Marcet, Harriet Martineau, Harriet Taylor, Barbara Bodichon, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mary Paley Marshall. The final chapter in the book looks at two studies of the role of women in industry carried out in the early twentieth century.

Women of Value reassesses the role of women economists by using biographical research to augment the standard tools of historical and bibliographical work. Combining intellectual rigour with biographical insights into the lives and experience of many determined and courageous women economists, this volume will be welcomed by historians of economic thought, feminist economists and and the those with an interest in women’s history.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book honours the women pioneers.’
– Deidre McCloskey, The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘. . .Women of Value, should be essential reading for women studies courses which address the issue of women in the social sciences.’
– Peter Groenewegen, History of Economics Review

‘. . . this volume does provide a wealth of information. . . . Women of Value will be consulted frequently by feminist economists and historians of economic thought, Graduate, faculty.’
– D. Lindstrom, Choice

‘Women of Value is a fascinating contribution to a growing literature which argues that the received economics canon is a gendered construct. This collection of essays will surely inspire. . .’
– Vivienne Brown, The Manchester School
Contributors
Contributors: M.A. Dimand, R.W. Dimand, E.L. Forget, J.P. Henderson, R. McWilliams Tullberg, B. Polkinghorn, M. Pujol, W.D. Sockwell, A. Comish Thorne
Contents
Contents: Introduction 1. The Neglect of Women’s Contributions to Economics 2. American Women Economists, 1900–1940: Doctoral Dissertations and Research Specialization 3. Networks of Women Economists Before 1940 4. Women Mentoring Women in Economics in the 1930s 5. Jane Marcet and Harriet Martineau: Motive, Market Experience and Reception of their Works Popularizing Classical Political Economy 6. The Feminist Economic Thought of Harriet Taylor (1807–58) 7. Barbara Bodichon and the Women of Langham Place 8. The Economics of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 9. Mary Paley Marshall, 1850–1944 10. Women’s Wage Rates and Total Earnings: Two Early ‘Scientific’ Studies Index
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