Is Equal Pay Worth It?

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Description: The paper describes the personal and intellectual trajectories of Millicent Fawcett, Beatrice Webb and Eleanor Rathbone that led them to first oppose the "equal pay for equal work" principle and to support it after the war. I focus on their changing economic arguments in relation to their perception of the "facts" regarding women's work and wages during the war effort.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


The project explores the history of the economic arguments and the economists' practices in the "equal pay for equal work" controversy in the United Kingdom, between the end of the 19th Century and the Second World War. The first paper focused on the dialogue between Millicent Fawcett, Beatrice Webb and Eleanor Rathbone. The second (forthcoming, draft very soon) paper is focused on Edgeworth's co...


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