By the 1950s the percentage of all economic doctorates awarded to women had dropped to a record low of less than five percent. Providing a richer understanding of the sociology of the economics profession, this book presents the oral histories of the female economists who received PhDs between 1950 and 1975. Their post-war experiences as family members, students and professionals illustrate the challenges that were faced by women, and in some cases African-Americans, in a white male dominated profession. In this way the gender ambiguities embedded in the post-war culture are examined, and current improvements needed within the profession are identified.
Olsen and Emami present an impressive scope of philosophical perspectives, career paths, research interests, feminist proclivities, and observations about the profession and women's place within it. The engaging style and insightful contributions will appeal to academics and students of economics and sociology, as well as anyone interested in gender.
'Engendering Economics should interest anyone who desires to learn more about female economists. The book or individual chapters could be used in class to allow students to understand the history and difficulty for women choosing this path. These women overcame the institutional rigidity of the profession, yet many said they did not notice the biases they faced at the time and just accepted the way things were. The courage and determination it took for them to succeed is admirable.' - Julie H. Gallaway, Journal of Economic Issues