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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.

Phyllis Ann Wallace

Evelyn L. Forget

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the produce of their labour is the result of corporal exertion; but it is a subject of great regret, that this inequality should prevail, even where an equal share of skill and application are exerted. Male stay-makers, mantua-makers, and hair-dressers are better paid than female artists of the same professions; but surely it will never be urged as an apology for this disproportion, that women are not as capable of making stays, gowns, dressing hair, and similar arts, as men; if they are not superior to them, it can only be accounted for upon this principle, that the prices they receive for their labour are not sufficient to repay them for the expense of qualifying themselves for their business, and that they sink under the mortification of being regarded as artizans of inferior estimation, whilst the men, who supplant them, receive all the encouragement of large profits and full employment, which is ensured to them by the folly of fashion. Wakefield died on 12 September 1832 in Ipswich, at the home of her daughter. The prison reformer Elizabeth Fry was Wakefield’s niece. Her grandson was Edward Gibbon Wakefield, the theorist of colonization among the classical political economists, closely connected with the Durham Report in Canada and with the colonization of South Australia and New Zealand. ROBERT W. DIMAND Bibliography E.I.C., ‘Wakefield, Mrs. Priscilla (1751–1832)’, in Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee (eds), Dictionary of National Biography, vol. XX, pp. 455...

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