Women in Economics: Launch Wednesday 22 March (free) Register now!
An exciting new development in the world of economics in Australia is the creation of the Women in Economics Network (WEN).
The network has been formed, with the support of the Economic Society in Australia, to promote and support the careers of women in economics, across all sectors including academia, government, business, education and teaching.
The motivation behind the formation of this group are the pure statistics. The economics profession suffers from a gender imbalance, with women underrepresented across all sectors, but especially among the upper occupational tiers. Furthermore, it is concerning that secondary student enrolments in economics are falling, especially among females. When we think about the image of a "typical economist" that is presented to the public and the media, it is understandable that economics is struggling to attract the next generation of youth.
The Women in Economics Network has been set up to try to tackle this gender imbalance by rolling out a suite of activities including a mentoring program, professional development opportunities, outlets to profile and promote the work of women economists throughout the country, and the promotion of role models and programs to encourage more students, especially females, to study economics.
All information can be found on the new WEN website http://esawen.org.au
You can also follow and contribute to WEN on Facebook (Women in Economics Australia), LinkedIn and Twitter (@WomenEconAU)
Come along to the launch to find out more about WEN and hear from Fairfax Senior economics writer Jessica Irvine.
The launch of the Victorian Branch of WEN will be held on Wednesday 22 March. All are invited (both men and women). Attendance is free but places are limited so registration is required.
TIME AND VENUE
There will be pre-drinks starting at 5pm at Slate Bar (9 Goldsbrough Lane, Melbourne) followed by official launch event and guest speaker address from 6pm at Deloitte Access Economics (550 Bourke Street, Melbourne) - See more at: http://esawen.org.au/event/24476/women-in-economics-launch-victoria#sthash.xKHrH7tC.dpuf