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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.

Ilse Schüller Mintz

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311 Her materialist feminist analysis took her beyond the male-centred, idealistic reform proposals of the most enlightened liberal thinkers (including John Stuart Mill). She criticized these proposals as meaningless because they did not come from a woman’s perspective, but from that of the ‘rulers’ over women, who, at best, only wanted to soften the impact of their rule. By applying a (pre-Marxian) class analysis to the power relations between the sexes, she could ascertain that the rulers would never emancipate those whose lives they controlled, because it was against their interests. Taylor stands on her own as an original and insightful feminist thinker and as an economist and political theorist. Her ideas were well ahead of her time and recognition of her contributions to feminist economic theory is long overdue. MICHÈLE A. PUJOL Note 1. For more on scholars’ treatment of Taylor, and on the differences between Taylor’s and Mill’s views, see Pujol (1995). Bibliography Hayek, F.A. (1951), John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor, Their Correspondence and Subsequent Marriage, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Mill, John Stuart (1848 [1965]), Principles of Political Economy, with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy, vols II and III of The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, ed. by J.M. Robson, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pujol, Michèle (1995), ‘The Feminist economic thought of Harriet Taylor (1807–58)’, in Mary Ann Dimand, Robert W. Dimand and Evelyn Forget (eds), Women of Value: Feminist Essays on the History of Women in Economics,...

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