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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.

Elizabeth Beardsley Butler

Susan H. Gensemer


The Oral History Research Office, Butler Library, Columbia University, holds three transcripts of interviews with Burns. A 1965 interview with Peter A. Corning forms part of the social security project. A 1979 interview with Patrick D. Reagan contains reminiscences about her professional life. A 1981 interview by Evangeline C. Cooper forms part of the unemployment insurance project. ‘Eveline M. Burns’ (1960), in Charles Moritz (ed.), Current Biography, New York: The H.W. Wilson Co., pp. 64–6. ‘Eveline M. Burns’ (1986), in Hal May (ed.), Contemporary Authors, Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Co., p. 71. Shlakman, Vera (1969), ‘Eveline M. Burns: Social Worker’, in Shirley Jenkins (ed.), Social Security in International Perspective, New York and London: Columbia University Press, pp. 3–25. (Contains a complete list of the writings of Eveline M. Burns from 1923 through 1968.) Elizabeth Beardsley Butler (1885–1911) Born in 1885, Elizabeth Beardsley Butler was educated at the Packer Collegiate Institute and Adelphi College and in 1905 graduated from Barnard College in New York, USA. She was Executive Secretary of the Consumers’ League of New Jersey; she also held positions with the New Jersey Child Labor Committee, the Bureau of Social Research of the New York School of Philanthropy, and the Rand School of Social Science.1 Butler was responsible for the first of six volumes of the Pittsburgh Survey, which was designed as ‘a careful and fairly comprehensive study of the conditions under which working people live and labor in a great industrial city’, according to John...

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