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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.

Emilia Jessie Boucherett

Susan H. Gensemer


i 30ernes Danmark (Against the tide: The Communist ‘Right’- and ‘Left’-Wing Opposition in 1930s’ Denmark), Copenhagen: Selskabet til Forskning i Arbejderbevægelsens historie. Myrdal, Gunnar (1968), Asian Drama – An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations, Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books. Topp, Niels Henrik (1986), Udviklingen i de Finanspolitiske ideer i Danmark 1930–1945 (The Development of Ideas about Fiscal Policy in Denmark 1930–1945), Copenhagen: DJØF Press. Emilia Jessie Boucherett (1825–1905) Emilia Jessie Boucherett, known by her middle name, was born in 1825 in Willingham, Lincolnshire, England, to a landed family. She was educated at Stratford-upon-Avon. During a period in which she was, in her words, ‘consuming her soul in solitary desire to help women to better economic conditions’ (Holcombe, 1983, pp. 122–3), Boucherett happened to see an issue of the English Woman’s Journal, the first English journal to focus on women’s issues. Intrigued by this issue on widening employment opportunities for women, she met the journal’s founders, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (q.v.) and Bessie Rayner Parkes (Belloc) in London, and received advice concerning her plan to found an organization to help women obtain employment; according to Boucherett, Harriet Martineau’s (q.v.) 1859 article ‘Female Industry’ in the Edinburgh Review was the inspiration for this idea. Boucherett became part of what has been called the Langham Place Group and was instrumental in founding the Society for the Promotion of Employment for Women. She wrote articles for the English Woman’s Journal; then, in 1866, she essentially resurrected it after its...

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