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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 Stuart Campbell

John B. Davis


(1839–1918) Born Helen Campbell Stuart on 4 July 1839 in Lockport, New York, died on 22 July 1918 in Dedham, Massachusetts, Helen Stuart Campbell was a social reformer and first-generation muckraker, active in the settlement movement, an influential feminist, active popular lecturer, an early home economist and home economics professor, theorist on the nature of women’s work in the market and the home, and an author of popular fiction on the struggles of women and of children’s stories at the turn of the century. She was married in 1861 to a surgeon in the Grand Army of the Republic, Grenville Mellen Weeks, divorced in 1871, and henceforth assumed her mother’s maiden name. In the late 1870s Helen Campbell became involved in the early home economics movement after having taken lessons from Juliet Corson of the New York Cooking School, and began teaching in 1878 in the Raleigh (North Carolina) Cooking School. Campbell wrote a home economics textbook, The Easiest Way in House-Keeping and Cooking (1881), and associated with Anna Lowell Woodbury in founding a mission school and diet kitchen in Washington, DC. Later she helped to organize the short-lived National Household Economics Association in 1893. Concern with the diet of the poor led her to write her first major muckraking work, The Problem of the Poor. A Record of Quiet Work in Unquiet Places (1882), which described the work of a city mission on the New York waterfront with which she was associated (run by Jerry McAuley), and...

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