1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought

Edited By Kirsten Madden, Robert W Dimand Copyright 2019
    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    480 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The marginalization of women in economics has a history as long as the discipline itself. Throughout the history of economics, women contributed substantial novel ideas, methods of inquiry, and analytical insights, with much of this discounted, ignored, or shifted into alternative disciplines and writing outlets.

    This handbook presents new and much-needed analytical research of women’s contributions in the history of economic thought, focusing primarily on the period from the 1770s into the beginning of the 21st century. Chapters address the institutional, sociological and historical factors that have influenced women economists’ thinking, and explore women’s contributions to economic analysis, method, policies and debates. Coverage is international, moving beyond Europe and the US into the Arab world, China, India, Japan, Latin America, Russia and the Soviet Union, and sub-Saharan Africa. This new global perspective adds depth as well as scope to our understanding of women’s contribution to the history of economic thought.

    The book offers crucial new insights into previously underexplored work by women in the history of economic thought, and will prove to be a seminal volume with relevance beyond that field, into women’s studies, sociology, and history. 

    Introduction Kirsten Madden

    Part I: Beginning Prior to 1850

    1. Indian Women’s Agency through Indian Women’s Literature Sheetal Bharat

    2. English Women’s Economic Thought in the 1790s: Domestic Economy, Married Women’s Economic Dependence, and Access to Professions  Joanna Rostek

    3. British Women on the British Empire Janet Seiz

    4. Harriet Taylor Mill, Mary Paley Marshall and Beatrice Potter Webb:  Women Economists and Economists’ Wives Virginie Gouverneur

    5. Japanese Women’s Economics, 1818-2005 Aiko Ikeo

    Part II: Beginning in the Late 19th Century

    6. Contextualizing women’s economic thought in late Imperial Russia and in the early years of Revolution: 1870-1920 Anna Klimina

    7. Is Equal Pay Worth It?  Beatrice Potter Webb's, Millicent Garrett Fawcett's and Eleanor Rathbone’s changing arguments Cléo Chassonnery- Zaïgouche

    8. The Economic Thought of the Women’s Co-Operative Guild Kirsten Madden and Joe Persky

    9. Anecdotes of Discrimination: Barriers to Women’s Participation in Economic Thought During the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Kirsten Madden

    10. The Point is to Change It: Three Lives of Applied Marxism Zoe Sherman

    Part III: Beginning in the early 20th Century

    11. Women Economists in the Academy: Struggles and Strategies, 1900-1940  Mary Ann Dzuback

    12. Daughters of Commons: Wisconsin Women and Institutionalism Marianne Johnson

    13. Women Economists of Promise?  Six Hart, Schaffner and Marx Prize Winners in the Early Twentieth Century Kirsten Madden

    14. Early Women Economists at Columbia University: Contributions in the Struggle for Labor Protection in the Lochner Era Clara Elisabetta Mattei

    15. Chinese Economic Development and Chinese Women Economists: A Study of Overseas Doctoral Dissertations Yue Xiao

    Part IV: Spanning the Mid-20th Century

    16.  Austrian School Women Economists Giandomenica Becchio

    17. Placing women’s economics within Soviet economic discourse: 1920s - 1991 Anna Klimina

    18. Ursula Hicks' and Vera Lutz’s contributions to development finance Lucy Brillant

    19. The Two Faces of Economic Forecasting in Italy: Vera Cao Pinna and Almerina Ipsevich Marcella Corsi and Giulia Zacchia

    Part V: Beginning mid-20th, Extending into the 21st Century

    20. The First 100 Years of Female Economists in Sub-Saharan Africa Lola Fowler and Robert W. Dimand

    21. Women Economists of the Arab Homeland Talia Yousef and Robert W. Dimand

    22. The Invisible Ones: Women at CEPAL (1948-2017) Rebeca Gómez Betancourt and Camila Orozco Espinel

    23. Women’s employment in the Informal Sector in Developing Countries:  Contributions of Lourdes Beneria and Martha (Marty) Chen Farida Chowdhury Khan

    24. Women’s neoclassical models of marriage, 1972-2015 Shoshana Grossbard


    Kirsten Madden is Associate Professor of Economics at Millersville University, USA.

    Robert W. Dimand is a Professor of Economics at Brock University, Canada.

    "Every library needs a copy of this Handbook, and it should also find its way into the collections of historians of economics. This book will extend the boundaries of what is sometimes a very narrow field, both by including people who have been excluded, and by asking us to think again about some of the ways we define the field of economics and organize our knowledge of its past. We owe to Kirsten Madden and Bob Dimand, co-editors, as well as all the authors in this collection, a large vote of gratitude." Evelyn L. Forget, EH.Net