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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.

Margaret Cole

Giandomenica Becchio


107 Margaret Cole (1893–1980) Margaret Isabel Postgate Cole was one of the most important personages of the English cultural milieu during the first half of the twentieth century. She played a leading role in the history of English socialism, especially in relation to the Labour Party and Guild Socialism, of which she was a tireless organizer rather than a theorist tout court. Raised in Cambridge, she belonged to a family in which every member was as interested in international political events as in national ones. During her childhood and youth she learnt to appreciate and love poetry and literature and wrote verses and short stories, that were later published. She became a teacher in London, at Saint Paul’s Girls’ School, until the outbreak of World War II. In 1917 she became a member of the Fabian Research Department (FRD), where she met G.D.H. Cole. They married the following year – ‘a promising union of two devoted fellow workers’, said Beatrice Webb (q.v.). After her marriage, she moved to Oxford, where she began working as a tutor at the Workers’ Educational Association and at Morley College, and wrote many pamphlets for the Labour Research Department (LRD) in The Nation and in Labour Monthly. During the 1920s she analysed the rise and the fall of Guild Socialism, a new English syndicalism whose founder was her husband, and followed the development of the Labour Party up to its first electoral victory. In the 1930s, after her return to London, Margaret Cole was very...

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