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:
- Regular events including seminars on economic issues featuring female speakers, professional development and networking events
- An annual women in economics mentoring retreat for early- and mid-career women
- Media and public speaking register to provide media outlets and conference organisers with a list of qualified women to speak about economic issues
- Advocating for women in economics and promoting the contributions of female economists to research and policy, using our website, newsletter, social media, and special sessions at the Australian Conference of Economists
- A pipeline program of initiatives to promote economics as a career to female students at school and universities.
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.
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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