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A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists

A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists

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Edited by Robert W. Dimand, Mary Ann Dimand and Evelyn L. Forget

This major original reference work includes over one hundred specially commissioned articles on the lives and writings of women who made significant contributions to economics. It sheds new light on the rich, but too often neglected, heritage of women’s analysis of economic issues and participation in the discipline of economics. In addition to those who wrote in English, some notable Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Swedish women economists are included. This book will transform widely-held views about the past role of women in economics, and will stimulate further research in this exciting but underdeveloped field. It is dedicated to the memory of Michèle Pujol, a pioneer in the field.

Helen Dendy Bosanquet

Peter Groenewegen


This is a survey written with the intention of making some literature accessible only in Russian available to English-speaking readers. TATIANA E. KULAKOVSKAJA NATALIA I. NAUMOVA Editors’ note: The assistance of Joseph V. Romanovsky in the preparation of this contribution is acknowledged. Helen Dendy Bosanquet (1860–1925) Helen Dendy Bosanquet was the fifth of nine children of John Dendy (1824– 94) and Sarah Beard (1831–1922). She grew up in the confines of one of those nonconformist clergyman’s families which created ‘an aristocracy of talent’ in Victorian England. Four of the children fit this description. Older brother John was a successful lawyer and amateur writer of travel books and lay sermons, oldest sister Mary became a teacher and social worker, while Arthur, the second youngest son, became a noted botanist. As prominent social worker, Royal Commissioner and fairly prolific author, Helen Dendy became the most famous in this talented family. When her youngest brother graduated in 1885, Helen Dendy, who until then had been involved in housekeeping for her large family, decided to acquire some higher education for herself to supplement the limited education she had received from her mother and a German governess. In 1886, she entered Newnham College, Cambridge, taking the Moral Sciences Tripos and specializing in political economy studies. Her period as a student therefore coincided with the return of Alfred Marshall to Cambridge, as its new Professor of Political Economy. She attended his classes from 1887 to 1889, including his Advanced Political Economy Class...

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