|Mueller (left) and Kossoudji. Photo by Bill Wood, Photo Services|
The struggle isnt over yet," she said, accepting the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award Jan. 6 from the American Economic Associations Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.
Mueller was nominated for the award, given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in economics, by several former students, among them David Lam, professor of economics and director of ISRs Population Studies Center, and Sherrie Kossoudji, associate professor of social work and adjunct associate professor of economics. Eva was really unusual as a woman breaking into the male-dominated field of economics, notes Lam. She was a real role model for many of us, says Kossoudji. She was also consistent in her support for young female students. And she made us tough. You must do better, she told us. You must work harder. That was always her approach.
Why did Mueller go into economics back in the 1940s, when distaff contributions to the dismal science were routinely discouraged? A teacher at Smith College first elicited her interest, and that teacher, of course, was a woman.