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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.

Beatrice Potter Webb

James P. Henderson

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Other sources and references Fitzpatrick, E. (1991), ‘Caroline F. Ware and the Cultural Approach to History’, American Quarterly, 43, 173–98. Beatrice Potter Webb (1858–1943) Martha Beatrice Potter Webb was born on 2 January 1858, the eighth daughter of Richard and Laurencina Potter. She grew up at Standish House on the River Severn in Gloucestershire. Though she had little formal education, she ‘was educated at home by governesses; by extensive travel on the continent; and by a wide and serious range of reading’ (Hamilton, 1959, p. 936). The works of Herbert Spencer and Auguste Comte were early influences on her thought. Alfred Marshall too had an influence. On 8 March 1889, Beatrice Potter noted in her diary several long talks she had with Marshall. After baiting Potter with his nettlesome views on women’s place in marriage, Marshall turned to her research interests. Potter recounts his advice: ‘There is one thing that you, and only you can do – an inquiry into that unknown field of female labour. You have (unlike most women) a fairly trained intellect, and the courage and capacity for original work, and yet you have an insight into a woman’s life. There is no man in England who could undertake with any prospect of success an inquiry into female labour … if you devote yourself to a study of your own sex as an industrial factor, your name will be a household word two hundred years hence.’ (Webb, 1982–85, vol. 1, p. 274). At the...

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