The Women in Economics Network (WEN) has been formed to promote and support the careers of female economists in Australia. WEN is associated with the Economic Society of Australia (ESA). 

The objectives for the Women in Economics Network are to:

  • professionally connect and support the career development of women in economics
  • increase the representation of women at all levels of the economics profession
  • promote public contributions by female economists
  • encourage young women to study economics.

WEN membership is open to anyone with an interest in economics and/or gender equality issues. We welcome economists and other professionals from any sector including academia, government, business, community groups and teaching, or members of the public who share WEN's objectives.

You can become a member of WEN by joining your State/Territory branch of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and opting into WEN as part of your ESA membership. WEN membership is free with your ESA membership.

Men are welcome and encouraged to support WEN's cause by becoming a member of WEN. Some of WEN's activities are targeted specifically for women (such as the Women in Economics Retreat, mentoring programs and media register) but most of WEN's events are open to all participants.

WEN offers a range of opportunities and resources for our members:

  • Regular events including seminars on economic issues featuring female speakers as well as professional development opportunities and networking events
  • Women in Economics Mentoring Retreat held annual for early-career and mid-career women economists
  • Mentoring programs which connect junior women with senior women in their sector
  • Media and public speaking register which is designed to provide media outlets and conference organisers with a list of qualified women when searching for speakers and expert commentators
  • Advocating for women in economics – promoting the contributions and career opportunities of female economists via our website, newsletters, social media, and special sessions at the annual Australian Conference of Economists
  • Pipeline program of initiatives to promote economics as a career to female students at school and universities. 

WEN is run at a national level by the WEN National Committee and at a local level by State/Territory WEN branches. 


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