In the UK, women currently only represent 36% of all Economics undergraduates. Earlier this year, the University of Warwick hosted the UK’s first ever Women in Economics Student Workshop which brought the students’ perspective into the debate on female under-representation in the discipline.
Co-ordinated by Dr Stefania Paredes-Fuentes, an Associate Professor from the Department of Economics at Warwick, and a group of undergraduates, the event brought together students from 12 UK universities who gathered to discuss issues around this lack of diversity.
Eminent economists led workshops on a range of topics to fire the discussion, and, following the event, Warwick students were inspired to establish a new Women in Economics student society. Its inaugural meeting was held in 2020 and there are exciting plans afoot for the new academic year.
The society members would welcome the involvement and support of any Economics alumnae who might be willing to speak at a future event (albeit virtually for now) about their career journey since graduating, and to offer any tips or advice from their own experiences.
The Economics Department would also love to talk to anyone who would be willing to act as a role model to inspire current and future students, perhaps by having a case study, quote or testimonial appearing on the Economics web pages, in the newsletter or even in a podcast.
If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org