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Some Victorian reflections on a dictionary of women economists and the art of dictionary making


The editors should be congratulated for their excellent work on this handsomely produced biographical dictionary of women economists. The publication itself may be interpreted as a belated product of that peculiarly late-twentieth century enterprise of subverting the patriarchal system by recovering the outstanding contributions made by women to various intellectual endeavours throughout history. Indeed, the swiftest of perusals of the reference shelves in any decent university library will reveal a myriad of similar biographical volumes from a range of disciplines dating from this period, with titles such as The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, Extraordinary Women of the Medieval and Renaissance World, A Biographical Dictionary of English Women Writers 1580-1720 and The A to Z of Native American Women. The dictionary under review is equal to any of these publications and all librarians should be induced, even in these financially straitened times, to add this work to their shopping list.



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