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Our Women’s Committee promotes the status of women in economics by identifying and removing barriers to progress. Headed up by Jo Swaffield– Chair of the Women’s Committee – the committee monitors and reports on the status of women in economics and seeks to identify and to tackle the causes of their under-representation in the subject. It provides support for women in their careers as economists and ensures that the interests of women are represented in all of the Society’s activities.
Mentoring and Support sub-committee is responsible for supporting women in their careers. The Mentoring and Support sub-committee supports women in economics through mentoring workshops, by supporting departments applying for Athena Swan awards and promoting links with similar groups in other academic disciplines. The committee is responsive to approaches from economists concerned about gender imbalance. The Mentoring and Support sub-committee leads are Prof Jo Blanden and Dr Valentina Tonei.
Monitoring the Status of Women in Economics sub-committee is responsible for monitoring and producing a biennial report on the status of women in economics in the UK. All the latest findings are published on our Status of women in Economics Report page. The Monitoring the Status of Women in Economics sub-committee leads are Prof Monica Costas-Dias and Dr Erin Hengel.
Communication and Engagement sub-committee is responsible for promoting the interests of women in economics. Its main activities are to organize the RES Annual Conference Women’s Committee Session, to work with women’s networks in other organisations such as the Bank of England and GES, and to promote the Women’s Committee activities with the wider community. The Communication and Engagement sub-committee leads are Chloe Maycock, Kate Collyer, Kiran Krishna and Misa Tanaka. The Sponsorship lead is Anna Leach.
Professor Almudena Sevilla, former Chair of the Women’s Committee, explains the committee’s work to tackle under-representation.