1st Edition

Women’s Economic Writing in the Nineteenth Century

Edited By Lana Dalley Copyright 2023

    Women’s Economic Writing in the Nineteenth Century is the first comprehensive collection of women’s economic writing in the long nineteenth century. The four-volume anthology includes writing from women around the world, showcases the wide variety and range of economic writing by women in the period, and establishes a tradition of women’s economic writing; selections include didactic tales, fictional illustrations, poetry, economic theory, social theory, reports, letters, novels, speeches, dialogues, and self-help books. The anthology is divided into eight themed sections: political economy, feminist economics, domestic economics, labor, philanthropy and poverty, consumerism, emigration and empire, and self-help. Each section begins with an introduction that tells a story about women writers’ relationship to the section theme and then provides an overview of the selections contained therein. Women’s Economic Writing in the Nineteenth Century demonstrates just how common it was for women to write about economics in the nineteenth century and establishes important throughlines and trajectories within their body of work.

    Volume 1

    General Introduction

    Part 1. Political Economy

    1. Jane Marcet, excerpts from Conversations on Political Economy [1816] (London: Longman,

    Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green 1827), pp. iii-vi, 2-29.

    2. Harriet Martineau, ‘Preface’, ‘Berkeley the Banker, Pt. 1’ and ‘For Each and For All’, in

    Illustrations of Political Economy (London: Charles Fox, 1832), pp. iii-xviii, 37-64.

    3. Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, excerpts from Women and Work (London: Bosworth and Harrison, 1857), pp. 5-15.

    4. Bessie Raynor Parkes, ‘Apropos Political Economy’, The English Woman’s Journal, Vol. 12,

    No. 68, October 1863, pp. 73-80.

    5. Anon., ‘Political Economy and Christianity’, The English Woman’s Journal. Vol. 12, No. 71, January 1864, pp. 289-296

    6. Millicent Garrett Fawcett, excerpts from Political Economy for Beginners [1870] (London:

    Macmillan and Co., 1876), pp, 1-4, 9-23, 38-42.

    7. Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Tales in Political Economy (London: Macmillan and Co., 1874), pp. 1-13.

    8. Victoria Woodhull, ‘A Speech on the Principles of Finance’ (1871)

    9. Mary Paley Marshall, excerpts from The Economics of Industry [1879], pp. 1-7, 27-35.

    (London: Macmillan and Co, 1879).

    10. Annie Besant, ‘The Social Aspects of Malthusianism’, (London: Freethought Publishing, 1880).

    11. Olive Schreiner, ‘The Policy in Favour of Protection’ (1892)

    12. Olive Schreiner, Woman and Labour (London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1911), pp. 33-68

    13. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics, (Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1898), pp. 1-22, 76-98, 270-294.

    14. Mrs. Bernard Shaw, ‘Rent and Value’, London, The Fabian Society, 1909.



    Lana L. Dalley is Professor of Victorian Literature, California State University, Fullerton, USA