Newsletters and Articles

In this section we will include the WEN newsletter as well as a fortnightly blog series by NSW WEN in partnership with National WEN and the NSW Economics Society of Australia (ESA). The articles will discuss prominent economic issues and be written by our committee and network members.

 

My journey to becoming a labour economist

Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez shares her journey towards becoming a labour economist, stemming from her curiosity in psychology and a quest to understand others.

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Impassioned by inequality: Why we need to bring gender analysis into mainstream economics

Ruth Badru reflects on the economic upheaval she observed throughout her upbringing in Nigeria and her personal journey in deciding to pursue her studies in economics. She shares the research findings of her doctoral research and the passion that fuels her quest to make a difference to society.

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Finding my place in the economics world

After participating in the Women in Economics Mentoring Retreat, Dr Meg Elkins reflects on how the retreat challenged her conceptions of leadership, and ultimately strengthened her belief in her own capacity to climb the career ladder.

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I Can Do This: Developing the skillset and mindset for the job - Interview with Karen Chester

Karen Chester reflects on issues that matter for women’s career development in the economics profession in this interview with WEN Committee Members Catherine Bain and Leonora Risse.

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What makes for an effective economist? In conversation with the RBA’s Head of Economic Analysis

Dr Alexandra Heath spoke with fellow economists at the RBA and WEN members Belinda Cheung, Tanya Livermore and Stephanie Parsons about her views on what is required to build a successful and rewarding career in economics, and explain some of the initiatives that organisations can take to support women’s progress in the economics profession in Australia.

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“One day you will make an excellent housewife”

Rachel Power reflects on her experience as a woman studying the male-dominated domain of economics, and shares her own research into gender diversity on corporate boards.

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The under-representation of women in economics: A student’s perspective

Phoebe Bardsley reflects on what it’s like to choose a discipline of study which is still male-dominated, and shares the steps that she is taking as a student to make help make economics more embracing of women.

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Life at the wires: Reporting from Wall Street

Victoria Thieberger reflects on her career as an reporter writing about economics and markets from London, New York, Sydney and Melbourne, and offers a few observations on gender issues in economics and journalism along the way.

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The evolution of the female economist

Dr Alexandra Lobb reflects on the way that her career as constantly evolved in response to her intellectual interests, her family responsibilities, and the people whose paths she crossed, and by proactively embracing the opportunities on offer to her.

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Economists in the Top End

We asked Northern Territory economists, Gillian Gorham and Karen Cheah, to share their motivations for pursuing an economics career in one of Australia’s most remote geographic regions

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Women in the Economy and in Economics

WEN was greatly honoured to welcome Dr Luci Ellis (Assistant Governor (Economic) of the Reserve Bank of Australia) to nationally launch the network at Parliament House, Canberra, on 20 March 2017. In her speech, Dr Ellis outlines the important role of women in the Australian economy and within the economics profession itself.

"Equality of the sexes is essential if we are to achieve our economic potential as a nation. When someone faces bias or artificial obstacles, it holds all of us back."

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The dream team: Could this be Lego's next bestseller after 'Women of NASA'?

After consulting with WEN members, Jessica Irvine puts forward her nominations for a "Women of Economics" Lego set. Read more to see which inspiring female economists Jessica has suggested...

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Reading between the lines

Dr Leonora Risse draws together some of the most recent evidence pointing towards the gender biases within the pages of economics textbooks, and contemplates not only the message that this sends to students, but also what this unrepresentative picture of the world signals about the economics discipline itself.

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Women in Economics National Press Club Budget Address 2018

In an all-female panel of economists, Danielle Wood, Lynne Pezzullo and Dr Janine Dixon interrogated key issues emerging from the Federal Budget in a National Press Club Address, broadcast live across the nation.

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Gender diversity in the workplace: Is there a role for government?

What do Australian economists think about gender segregation in the labour market and whether equality can be achieved by the free market alone?

Professor Alison Preston and Associate Professor Andreas Leibbrandt provide their expert commentary on the results of a poll of 50 eminent economists in Australia.

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WEN Launches around the country

The Women in Economics Network was launched in Australia in March 2017, with a national launch hosted at Parliament House in Canberra and branch launches in each State and Territory.

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Our first Australian Gender Economics Workshop

WEN was proud to host our first Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW) in partnership with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), in Fremantle, Western Australia in February 2018. AGEW provides a forum to share and discuss innovative research incorporating gender analysis into all areas of economics.

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Issue 2, July 2018

The Women in Economics Network (WEN) is very pleased to share our second issue of our Newsletter which profiles the work of our female economists, recaps some of WEN’s latest activities, and offers a selection of articles on economic and professional development topics. We hope that readers will feel enlightened and inspired by the wisdom, perspectives and reflections shared by the authors in these stories.

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Issue 1, December 2017

Welcome to the first issue of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) newsletter.  The WEN newsletter will be a six-monthly publication that profiles the work of Australian female economists, provides updates on WEN’s events and activities, and offers a selection of articles on economic analysis and professional development topics.  We hope that you will enjoy this summer reading!

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