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Presentation to Chief Executive Women (VIC) Annual Dinner

Danielle Wood (Chair of WEN and Program Director, Grattan Institute) was the guest speaker at the Chief Executive Women (Victoria) Annual Dinner on 18 October 2018.


Women the missing piece in economics, Duygu YenginThe Advertiser

ECONOMIC policies impact the whole society. So does the composition of economists.

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, it is a good time to ask whether we have enough women economists and why should the society care about the lack of women in economics?


Does Confidence really advance women's careers, a conversation with Leonora Risse

About 50 years ago the landmark equal pay case in Australia introduced principles for equal pay for men and women. Despite our efforts, women still earn substantially less than men. Recent statistics published by Workplace Gender Equality Agency indicate that the national wage gap was 14.6% in August 2018 (source:

In this podcast, Dr Leonora Risse discusses her research into a common piece of advice for women – to be more confident in the workplace. Dr Risse explains how she estimated the relationship between confidence and pay and promotions, separately for men and women, using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey data. We discuss her unexpected findings, as well as the implications of her research for Australians and organisations working towards reducing the gender pay gap.


Esther Duflo becomes the second woman in history – after Elinor Ostrom – to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics

This year's Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to Esther Duflo, along with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. 


South Australian WEN commemorates 125 Years of women's suffrage and economic empowermen

The South Australian branch of WEN was honoured to be joined by Annabel Crabb, Professor Clare Wright and Senator Penny Wong, in conversation with Tory Shepherd, to commemorate 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

The event celebrated our successes: In 1894, women in South Australia were the first women in the world to not only gain the right to vote, but also the right to stand for Parliament. However the event also acknowledged how far we still have to go in translating these rights into outcomes, and achieving women's equal representation within Parliament and in the decision-making processes that matter.

This conversation explored everything from the fear of “lady candidates” in 1894, to how women are treated in Parliament today.

This event was made possible courtesy of grant support provided by the SA Office for Women; the generosity of our sponsors, the University of South Australia, the Women in Economics Network, and the Economic Society of Australia; and the invaluable contributions of our speakers and the community.

Watch the recording here:

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