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 4

    General Introduction

    Part 6. Consumerism

    1. Hannah More, ‘The Market Woman, a True Tale; or Honesty Is the Best Policy’, Cheap

    Repository Tracts (London, J. Marshall, 1795).

    2. Elizabeth Coltman Heyrick. Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition; or, An Inquiry into the Shortest, Safest, and Most Effectual Means of Getting Rid of West Indian Slavery (London, J. Hatchard & Son, 1824), pp. 3-7, 24.

    3. Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, Wrongs of Woman (New York, M.W. Dodd, 1845), pp. 9-14, 45-63, 86-90, 93-98, 106-108

    4. Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford (London: Chapman and Hall, 1853), pp. 189-203.

    5. Caroline H. Dall, ‘The Market’, The College, The Market, and The Court; Or, Women’s Relation to Education, Labor, and Law (Boston, Lee and Shepard, 1867), p. 133-150

    6. Mary P. Whiteman, ‘Saleswomen in the Great Stores’, Cosmopolitan. Vol. 14, No. 1, May 1895, pp. 79-85.

    7. Lady [Susan] Jeune, ‘The Ethics of Shopping’, Fortnightly Review, n.s. 57, January 1895, pp.




    Part 7. Emigration and Empire

    8. Mathilda Hays, ‘Letter to the Editor’, The Times, Tuesday, April 29, 1862, pp. 14.

    9. Marie Rye, ‘Emigration of Educated Women’, (London, Emily Faithfull/Victoria Press, 1861), pp. 3-14.

    10. Jane Lewin, ‘Female Middle Class Emigration’, a paper read at the Social Science Congress, October 1863.

    11. Jessie Boucherett, ‘How to Provide for Superfluous Women’, in Josephine Butler (ed.), Woman’s Work and Woman’s Culture (London: Macmillan, 1869), pp. 27-47.

    12. Miss Stuart, ‘Openings for Women in the Colonies’, Englishwoman’s Review, n.s. 177, January 1888, pp. 6-9.

    13. Vera Anstey, The Economic Development of India (London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1929).


    Part 8. Self Help

    14. Bessie Raynor Parkes, ‘What Can Educated Women Do?’, English Woman’s Journal, Vol. 4, No. 22, December 1859, pp. 217-27.

    15. Ella Rodman Church, Money-Making for Ladies (New York, Harper & Brothers, 1882), pp. 3-5, 128-136.

    16. Jessie Boucherett, ‘The Industrial Movement’, in Theodore Stanton (ed.), The Woman Question in Europe (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1884), pp. 90-107.

    17. Dinah Mullock Craik, About Money and Other Things: A Gift Book (New York, Harper & Brothers, 1887), pp. 1-26.

    18. Mrs. H. Coleman Davidson, What Our Daughters Can Do for Themselves: A Handbook of Women’s Employments (London, Smith, Elder, 1894), pp. 148-151, 256-262.

    19. Helen Churchill Candee, ‘For All Workers’, How Women May Earn a Living (London, Macmillan & Co, Ltd, 1900), 1-13.

    20. Katharine Newbold Birdsall (ed.), How to Make Money: Eighty Novel and Practical Suggestions for Untrained Women’s Work, Based on Experience (New York: Doubleday, 1903), pp. ix-xii, 91-92, 120, 121.



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