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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.

Selma Evelyn Fine Goldsmith

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1945. In this role she fought for women’s position in the labour market during the mass unemployment of the 1930s, a period when some people wanted to reserve the few jobs available for male workers. The Women’s Council and Kirsten Gloerfelt-Tarp were active in humanitarian activities for Spanish children during the Civil War, for Jewish children in Central Europe in 1939, for Finnish children during the Finnish–Russian War and in general social work in Denmark during World War II. In Denmark, women got the right to vote in local government elections in 1908, and in national parliamentary elections in 1915. For many years the result was a disappointment for women – out of 140–49 Members of Parliament, only 3–4 of those elected were women. But in 1945 this number doubled to 8, and one of the new members was Kirsten Gloerfelt-Tarp. (In 1998, 67 out of 179 members of the Danish parliament were female.) She was elected to the small, but influential, centre Social–Liberal Party ‘Det radikale venstre’. She was a Member of Parliament until 1960. In 1945 she was the only woman representing her party in Parliament, and from the start she was active on committees and commissions working on social and women’s issues. In 1957–60 she was vice-president of the Social–Liberal Party’s group in Parliament. Gloerfelt-Tarp’s example inspired a number of women in the intellectual circles in Denmark: Else Zeuthen, 1897–1975 (teacher of English and married to the leading Danish economist...

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