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Women in Economics: Welcome!

A Guide for Undergraduates to learn about women in economics and feminist economics.

Announcing Alice Rivlin's book: Divided We Fall: Why Consensus Matters

Alice Rivlin's book: Divided We Fall: Why Consensus Matters 

Alice M. Rivlin, with decades of experience in economic policymaking, argues that proven economic policies could lead to sustainable American prosperity and opportunity for all, but crafting them requires the tough, time-consuming work of consensus building and bipartisan negotiation. In a divided country with shifting majorities, major policies must have bipartisan buy-in and broad public support. Otherwise, we will have either destabilizing swings in policy or total gridlock in the face of challenges looming at us.



 In this guide, you can find information about them, information about women in the economics profession, and information to support you in thinking about economics as a major or for graduate school. There are different initiatives to increase the number of women in economics. For an example,  visit Women in Economics Initiative (CEPR).

Women in Economics Podcast Series (St. Louis Federal Reserve)

A sample podcast - Professor Cook, Michigan State University

“People had a hard time taking me seriously, because I'm sure they didn't know any African-Americans who were economists,” says Lisa Cook, associate professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University. Cook also discusses how she overcame biases she faced as a woman and as an African-American, and her research showing GDP could be higher if more women and African-Americans were involved at the beginning of the innovative process.

Who is Writing? Women Economists Ranked by IDEAS

Claudia Goldin

“I like to be enabling, but have all students follow their own passions,” says Claudia Goldin, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and co-director of the Gender in the Economy Study Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She talks with St. Louis Fed Media Relations Coordinator Maria Hasenstab.