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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 Waterman Gilboy

J.J. Thomas


(1903–73) Biography Elizabeth Lane Waterman was born in Boston on 24 September 1903, the daughter of Arthur John and Amy (Lane) Waterman. After attending Boston Girls’ Latin School, where she took courses in English, Greek, Latin, mathematics and physics, she studied for her first degree at Barnard College (Columbia University) . She took her AB in 1924 with honours in economics and sociology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After obtaining an AM from Radcliffe College in 1925, she began work on her Ph.D. thesis at Radcliffe College, researching wages in eighteenth-century England under the supervision of Edwin F. Gay. She was awarded a Whitney Travelling Fellowship in 1926–28 to visit England and collect data and during this period she was registered as a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1929, having been an instructor in economics at Wellesley College during 1928–29. She married Glennon Gilboy on 19 April 1930 and they divorced in November 1953. Glennon Gilboy, who was a professor of engineering at MIT from 1925 to 1937 before going into private practice, died on 18 August 1958. There were no children. Elizabeth Waterman Gilboy was Secretary of the Committee on Research in the Social Sciences at Harvard University during 1929–30 and Executive Secretary from 1930 to 1941. She was also Graduate Adviser at Radcliffe College from 1930 to 1941. She saw service in Washington during World War II, when she was a member...

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