This morning the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the Nobel prize winners in economics, one of whom, Elinor Ostrum, is the first woman to receive the honor in economics. Ostrum said she was "in shock" over being the first woman to get the award, but women have long been underrepresented in economics. Those interested in the history of women in the field should take a look at our new book The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist by Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes. Robinson had a fifty year career at Cambridge but she remains not nearly as well known as many of her male colleagues, who included John Maynard Keynes, A. C. Pigou, Dennis Robertson, and Richard Kahn. Aslanbeigui and Oakes trace the strategies and tactics Robinson used to create her professional identity as a Cambridge economist in the 1930s, examining how she recruited mentors and advocates, carefully defined her objectives, and deftly pursued and exploited opportunities despite the difficulties she faced as a woman in a man's field.