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Ferber honored by Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

Mare Payne, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Marianne Ferber, professor emerita of economics at the University of Illinois, was honored Friday by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession at the Allied Social Science Association Convention in Atlanta.

Ferber was named a co-recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, which was created in 1998 to honor a person who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession, through example, achievements, increasing the understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession, or the mentoring of others.

Ferber was cited for being a wonderful example to students for decades, a teacher and a researcher who followed her heart, focusing her work on benefiting women. She edited, with Julie Nelson, "Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics," which a nominator claims marked the beginning of academic respectability for feminist economics.

Ferber, a founding member of the International Association for Feminist Economics, has served as president of that organization and of the Midwest Economics Association. She has served as an editor for Feminist Economics, Review of Social Economics, Women and Work and other journals.

Ferber shares the Shaw award with former UI colleague Francine Blau, the Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Ferber and Blau are co-authors of "The Economics of Women, Man and Work," (the latest edition with Anne Winkler), a standard text on women in the economy.