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The gender gap in economics is huge – it's even worse than tech

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is the only woman who has chaired the Federal Reserve in its over 100-year history. AP Photo/Annie Rice

The gender gap in economics is huge – it's even worse than tech

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is the only woman who has chaired the Federal Reserve in its over 100-year history. AP Photo/Annie Rice

The gender gap in economics is huge – it's even worse than tech

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is the only woman who has chaired the Federal Reserve in its over 100-year history. AP Photo/Annie Rice

The gender gap in economics is huge – it's even worse than tech

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is the only woman who has chaired the Federal Reserve in its over 100-year history. AP Photo/Annie Rice

Just eight of the 140 Fed presidents appointed since 1914 have been women, as are barely a fifth of current members of the National Bureau of Economic Research – one of the most influential economic policy think tanks in the U.S.
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Veronika Dolar, SUNY Old Westbury

There is no shortage of disciplines and industries rife with sexism. The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are particularly well known for their misogynistic cultures.

But I believe, based on my personal experience, the experiences of my fellow female economists and hard data, that there’s a strong case to be made that economics is the worst academic field in which to be a woman.

And the consequences of this aren’t felt only by the women who work in the field and must endure sexist policies and hostile behavior. Government policies would likely look very different were more women involved in drafting them.

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