1st Edition

Engendering Economics Conversations with Women Economists in the United States

By Zohreh Emami, Paulette I Olson Copyright 2002
    283 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    By the 1950s the percentage of all economic doctorates awarded to women had dropped to a record low of less than five percent.

    By presenting interviews with the female economists who received PhD's between 1950 and 1975, this book provides a richer understanding of the sociology of the economics profession. Their post-war experiences as family members, students and professionals, illustrate the challenges that have been faced by women, including both white and African-American women, in a white male dominated profession.

    Engaging and insightful, the impressive scope of philosophical perspectives, career paths, research interests, feminist inclinations, and observations about the economics profession and women's place within it, will appeal to anyone interested in economics, sociology and gender studies.


    1. Ingrid Hahne Rima

    2.Marianne Abeles Ferber

    3. Barbara Berman Bergmann

    4. Alice Mitchell Rivlin

    5. Suzanne Wiggins Helburn

    6. Anne Mayhew

    7. Myra Hoffenberg Strober

    8. Barbara Ann Posey Jones

    9. Lois Banfill Shaw

    10. Margaret Simms

    11. Lourdes Beneria

    Appendix: Questions used for oral history project


    Paulette Olson is Associate Professor of Economics at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Zohreh Emami is at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    'Engendering Economics should interest anyone who desires to learn more about female economists. The book or individual chapters could be used in class to allow students to understand the history and difficulty for women choosing this path. These women overcame the institutional rigidity of the profession, yet many said they did not notice the biases they faced at the time and just accepted the way things were. The courage and determination it took for them to succeed is admirable.' - Julie H. Gallaway, Journal of Economic Issues