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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.

Caroline Wells Healey Dall

Robert W. Dimand


(1822–1912) Caroline Dall was born in Boston on 22 June 1822, the daughter of Caroline Foster Healey and of Mark Healey, an India merchant. She was educated at home by tutors and attended a nearby school for girls. Margaret McFadden’s article ‘Boston Teenagers Debate the Woman Question, 1837–1838’ (1990) gives a fascinating account of the origins of Dall’s feminism in a correspondence between Caroline, aged 15, and her friend Ednah Dow Littledale (later Cheney), in which Caroline Healey was then an opponent of women’s rights. The correspondence was influenced by Harriet Martineau’s (q.v.) chapter on ‘The Political Non-Existence of Women’ and by what Littledale termed ‘a brave address on Women’s Rights at the Lyceum’ by Amasa Walker, an ‘underground railway’ activist and soon to be professor of political economy at Oberlin. From the age of 13, Caroline published essays on moral and religious topics, which were collected in her first book, Essays and Sketches (1849). Ironically, that book, including essays expressing disinterest in women’s rights, was not published until 1849, the year that she first wrote in favour of women’s rights in the abolitionist journal The Liberator. In the 1840s she was attracted to the transcendentalist ideas emerging within Unitarianism, and in 1841 she attended a weekly series of conversations led by the feminist author Margaret Fuller. For at least 60 years from around 1840, she conducted Unitarian Sunday school classes. When her father suffered financial reverses, Caroline Healey worked as vice-principal of Miss English’s School for...

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