Women are underrepresented at all stages of the economics profession.
- The share of women earning a BA in economics is decreasing (it is roughly 1/3).
- The share of women entering PhD programs has stayed at 30% for the past 20+ years.
- Compared with men, women disproportionately fall off the academic ladder at every step, from job market placement in tenure track jobs to tenure and promotion.
- The share of women who are full professors is increasing extremely slowly – it is still less than 15%.
One strategy to increase the number of women in economics is to encourage mentoring relationships between female students and female faculty members. To that effect, MU Women in Economics group (MU-WEI) was founded.
The mission of MU-WIE is to unite female students who study economics at the University of Missouri in any capacity, and to improve their university experience through social events and professional development. As of now the group consists of 12 female PhD students and 4 female faculty members.
MU-WEI kicked off its inaugural year in 2019/2020 with a series of happy hours:
- Shakespeare’s Pizza on September 19 at 4:30pm
- Rho Engine Room workout on September 23 at 6:30pm
- Shakespeare’s Pizza on October 25 at 3pm
- Airlifter Brass concert on November 6 at 7pm
- Shakespeare’s Pizza on February 13 at 4pm
- Moon Yoga on February 20 at 4pm
Through these meetings we have gotten to know each other, and have discussed progress in graduate studies and in the profession. During our Shakespeare’s Pizza outings, it has become our tradition to play Codenames, a board game.
In the near future, we plan to continue social events and to invite additional speakers. We are also working on strategies to involve MA and undergraduate students.
Interested in joining us? Want to learn more? Have news or resources to share? Contact Dr. Oksana Loginova, the faculty advisor of MU-WIE, via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this web-page, Anna Goeddeke and Louisa Söllner state common gender stereotypes such as “academia is hard and competitive – and women just don’t have the stamina,” “women just need to act like men to succeed in academia – and don’t be such feminine,” or “women don’t want an academic career – they have other preferences.” The authors list abstracts of the research papers investigating these stereotypes, and also present a section on “what works.”
Diversity in the Economics Profession: A New Attack on an Old Problem, by Amanda Bayer and Cecilia Elena Rouse, Journal of Economic Perspectives
The authors present data on the numbers of women and underrepresented minority groups in the economics profession, offer an overview of current research on the reasons for the underrepresentation, and propose remedial interventions as well as findings on effectiveness.
Please, listen to us: What it’s like being female at America’s biggest economic conference, by Heather long, The Washington Post
Heather Long, an economics correspondent of a major news outlet, describes her experiences at the annual conference of the American Economic Association.
CSWEP is a committee of the American Economic Association charged with promoting the careers and monitoring the progress of women economists in academia, government agencies and elsewhere.
Gendered Language on the Economics Job Market Rumors Forum, by Alice Wu, AEA Papers and Proceedings
Alice Wu examines the existence of an unwelcoming or stereotypical culture using evidence on how women and men are portrayed in anonymous discussions on the Economics Job Market Rumors forum.