Yesterday’s post on the women problem in economics prompted a comment asking who would be included in a female version of Robert Heilbroner’s classic The Worldly Philosophers. A Twitter conversation later, here is my curated version of the suggestions.
Writings on Slavery and the American Civil War
The Complete Works of Harriet Taylor Mill
Educated Working Women: Essays on the Economic Position of Women Workers in the Middle Classes
The Essential Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution and the Mass Strike
Social Science and Social Pathology [By] Barbara Wootton, Assisted by Vera G. Seal and Rosalind Chambers
The Accumulation of Capital (Palgrave Classics in Economics)
The First Industrial Revolution. Second Edition.
The Great Contraction, 1929-1933 (Princeton Classic Editions)
Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions)
There were also Twitter suggestions about women economists living and working now, including: Anne Kruger, Dambisa Moyo, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Emily Oster, Esther Duflo, Helene Rey, Deirdre McCloskey. But I can think of many others and I think a Worldly Philosophers-type collection would need to stop short of modern times. One needs a bit of hindsight to judge lasting influence, although I’m sure many of those on the list will qualify in time.