Throughout history, women have found it very difficult to be able to work in the scientific world. Although the difficulties have decreased as the participation of women in the labour market has increased, female representation at economic research centres continues to be very small, particularly in the highest-responsibility jobs.
Studies on this issue in the area of economics, and more serious research in general on the economic situation of women, could help us to detect the most important problems that women currently face in trying to develop their professional careers.
In this context, the Spanish Economic Association created a Committee on the Situation of Women in Economics (COSME) within the Association in December 2006. The main objective of the committee is to evaluate and promote the situation of women within the academic profession of economics. As such, it is analogous (in Spain) to Women in Economics (WinE) at the European Economic Association, The Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) at the American Economic Association, and The Committee for Women in Economics (CWE) at the Royal Economic Society; it is open to all those economists interested in participating in and contributing to these issues.
John Stuart Mill (6th March, 1851): Formal Declaration at his Marriage Engagement.
Being about, if I am so happy as to obtain her consent, to enter into the marriage relation with the only woman have ever known, with whom I would have entered into that state; and the whole character of the marriage relation as constituted by law being such that as both she and I entirely and conscientiously disapprove, for this among other reasons, that it confers upon one of the parties to the contract, legal power and control over the person, property, and freedom of action of the other party, independent of her own wishes and will; I, having no means of legally divesting myself of these odious powers (as I most assuredly would do if an engagement to that effect could be made legally binding on me), feel it my duty to put on record a formal protest against the existing law of marriage; in so far as conferring such powers; and a solemn promise never in any case or under any circumstances to use them. And in the event of marriage between Mrs Taylor and me, I declare it to be my will and intention, and the condition of the engagement between us, that she retains in all respects whatever the same absolute freedom of action, and freedom of disposal of herself and of all that does or may at any time belong to her, as if no such marriage had taken place; and I absolutely disclaim and repudiate all pretension to have acquired any rights whatever by virtue of such marriage