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Leading Economist Stuns Field by Deciding to Become a Woman

Some scholars say Deirdre McCloskey's decision could prompt the discipline to reconsider assumptions about gender

February 16, 1996 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Just a few days after Donald N. McCloskey began the process of becoming a woman, female academics welcomed the prominent economist as one of their own.

At a meeting of the Social Science History Association last November, a small group of women...

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