A selection of articles about women in economics and WEN.
WOMEN IN ECONOMICS NETWORK LAUNCHES ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Australia’s economics profession and our broader policy debates are set to benefit from the nationwide launch of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) which will address the profession’s gender imbalance by promoting women’s involvement in economics.
Social media is easily excitable. Every day, it seems, there’s an eruption of anger and condemnation almost hourly. Be it real or fake, some sort of news has someone somewhere vowing condemnation or a boycott or a march of some kind. In almost every case a mountain has been made out of a molehill.
Australia's workforce is sharply divided on the basis of sex and is set to get even more-so as young men and women defy expectations and increasingly self-select into traditional fields of study.
If I ask you to picture an economist, what’s the first image that comes to your mind? I’m guessing it’s a man, probably with grey hair, a suit and a certain air of authority. And that’s not surprising: that is pretty much the public face of economics in Australia.
When Virago, the international publisher for books by women and the New Statesman magazine announced the inaugural winner of their Women's Prize for Politics and Economics in 2016, there was a flurry of press interest asking "Where are the women economists?" This followed criticism of The Economist's list of most infuential economists in 2014, which (excluding incumbent central bankers) included not one women.
My mother was a "computer", back in the days when the term applied to people. Plucked from high school because of her prowess at maths, she was put to work at the Weapons Research Establishment at Salisbury in South Australia, performing the calculations that enabled the rockets fired from Woomera to go where they should.
Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe prides himself on trying to fully answer questions levelled at him in public. It turned out to be a query from his family that flummoxed him.
Labor's Chris Bowen pushes for more women in senior finance roles