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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.

Mary Quayle Innis

Anne Innis Dagg


(1899–1972) Mary Quayle Innis, Canadian historian and economic historian, was born Mary Emma Quayle in St Mary’s, Ohio, on 13 April 1899. Her parents were Frederick R. Quayle, who installed telephone units for a livelihood, and Effie Lloyd Quayle, a home-maker. Mary was the oldest of four children; the other three were boys. Because of her father’s job, the family moved every few years, so that she grew up in a number of small American towns. She finished her secondary schooling as an honour student at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois (Pell, 1989). Mary studied at the University of Chicago from 1915 to 1919, graduating with a Ph.B. degree in English. She took a variety of courses besides 11 in English language and writing, among them six in political economy and seven in history. During her final year at university she became acquainted with Harold Adams Innis (1894–1952), her economics teacher, who was studying for his Ph.D. They became engaged in 1920 and married in 1921, settling in Toronto where her husband would be a professor at the University of Toronto for the rest of his life. Even before her marriage, Mary helped her fiancé with his Ph.D thesis, A History of the Canadian Pacific Railway, finally published as a book in 1923. In 1922, she accompanied her husband on a research trip to Europe and England to gather information for the book he was writing, published as The Fur Trade in Canada. The...

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