Western Australia


ESA WA WEN Seminar Series: Feminist Economics with Professor Rebeca Gomez Betancourt


From: Tuesday April 9, 2024, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday April 9, 2024, 7:00 pm

Join Professor Rebeca Gomez Betancourt (University of Lyon 2) to discuss the history of feminist economics.

What is feminist economics? What battles feminist economists have fought? Feminist economics was produced by the deployment of relatively diverse research under a single academic label. This presentation offers a global picture of the first years of feminist economics. Focusing on the heterogeneity of the approaches that coexist in the field—and the porosity among them—we propose an answer to the question, How does feminist economics persist as an approach and a community even though both are quite diverse? We identified different elements to understand how feminist economists coexist under the same umbrella. Feminist economists' common frustration about economics' resistance to including feminist perspectives is central.

About the presenter:

Rebeca Gomez Betancourt is a French-Venezuelan Professor of Economics at the University of Lyon 2, France. She is a historian of economics and a feminist economist. Her work focuses on the history of monetary debates, and on women and economics in Latin America and the United States. She has published articles and book chapters on the economic contributions of different authors during the Progressive Era (1870-1930). She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Sorbonne, Paris (2008) for a dissertation on Edwin Walter Kemmerer and the history of Central Banks. She is currently working on the history of women and LGBTQA+’s rights and the economic consequences of the lack of some rights for these populations. She has held appointments as Visiting Professor at the Universidad of Los Andes, Bogota-Colombia, at Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte-Brazil, at De Paul University, Chicago, and she is currently adjoint professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She served as President of the French Association for the History of Economic Thought (Charles Gide) and of the Latin American Society for the History of Economic Thought (ALAHPE). She is part of the executive committee of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE). She is also the director of the Master’s program in History of Economics at the University of Lyon 2. With some colleagues, she created the Diversity Caucus in the History of Economics improving the representation of young researchers, women, and other minorities in academia.


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