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Female economists of the future invited to Women in Economics Day

  • 25 June 2019

16-18 year olds are invited to join us at our annual Women in Economics Day on Wednesday 25 September as we explore how women made the West rich and discuss some of the big questions facing economists.   

This free event targeted at female students in year 12 and 13 who are interested in economics, whether or not they are studying economics at A-Level, takes place at college and gives students an opportunity to explore ideas and hear from leading female economists.

This year, leading feminist and Caius Economist Dr Victoria Bateman will be introducing her new book, The Sex Factor: How Women made the West Rich, outlining how bringing women and their bodies into economic discussions can transform the way we think about some big questions, such as: why are some countries rich and so many others still poor? Why has inequality been on the rise in certain Western countries? What is the appropriate balance between the state and the market? And why are economies prone to boom and bust?

Also speaking at the event is Dr Sara Reis, Research and Policy Officer from the Women’s Budget Group. Dr Reis will be discussing the organisation’s role in scrutinising government policy and will also be introducing Women in Economics attendees to some of their recent reports, including ‘The Female Face of Poverty', ‘Exploring the Economic impact of Brexit on Women’ and ‘Triple Whammy: the impact of local government cuts on women’.

We are also delighted that Kate Bell, from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) will be speaking on the day. Kate plays a leading role in the TUC's work on boosting employment rights, promoting social and economic policies that benefit working people, and building international solidarity. Having previously worked for the Labour Party, and for the charities Child Poverty Action Group and Gingerbread, Kate's session also provides a great opportunity for attendees to ask questions about a whole range of career opportunities.

Dr Laura Harvey, from the University of East Anglia, will also be speaking on the day, introducing her own research on income inequality and gender, and feeding into the issues raised by both the Women's Budget Group and the TUC.

Young women attending will also be able to hear from current students at Caius, as they discuss their experiences of studying economics at university and the types of opportunities it has opened up, as well as answering questions from the audience on university life and applying to university. Speaking in this session will be Olivia Crowcombe, ​Samantha Onyekwere and Mimi Zhao. 

The day will run from 10.30am – 4.30pm, and includes a full programme of events and lunch. Numbers are limited so each school is restricted to five students. Should the event be over-subscribed, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Teachers are of course welcome to attend with their students. 


Please be advised that we are now fully booked for this event.

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