About WEN

The Women in Economics Network (WEN) formed as a not-for-profit organisation in 2017 as a sub-committee of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) in response to the diminishing representation of women in the economics profession in Australia.

WEN’s mission is to advocate for women’s voices to be equally represented in the economics profession, and for women’s skills, perspectives, values and life experiences to be more fully incorporated into economic analysis and policy-making, fostering more effective policy design and evaluation.

WEN’s objectives are:

  • to professionally connect and support the career development of women in economics
  • to increase the representation of women at all levels of the economics profession
  • to promote public contributions by female economists
  • to encourage young women to study economics

WEN’s activities include:

You can read more about WEN’s activities and events in our newsletters.

Men are welcome, and encouraged, to support and join WEN by coming along to WEN events, although please note that some activities (such as the mentoring retreat and media register) are targeted specifically at supporting the careers of women.


WEN membership

Anyone with an interest in economics or gender equality is welcome to join WEN. You can join WEN by becoming a member of your state/territory’s branch of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA). WEN’s membership scope expands across academia, government, private business organisations and the education sector.

WEN members are offered discounted registration fees for AGEW2019. All current WEN members have been sent a discount code to use when registering. If you wish to join WEN to benefit from this discount, please email the AGEW administrators with proof of your new ESA/WEN membership to receive your discount code.



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