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UCD Economics Launches Undergraduate Womxn in Economics Society

The 2018-19 academic year marks the birth of the Undergraduate Womxn in Economics Society (UWIES) at UC Davis, launched by Economics Undergraduate Program Chair, Professor Janine Wilson; Undergraduate Programs Supervisor Anya Gibson; and Academic Advisor Leanna Friedrich, with funding from a UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Innovation grant and the Department of Economics.

Members attend a speaker series discussing the research and career paths of female economists, received a special tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to discuss monetary policy and the regional economy, and participated in an information session and visit to KPMG in San Francisco organized by Sabrina Ho Stimel, CPA, MST.

The Society's activities have been encouraging for members deciding whether to make a career in Economics:

"UWIES allowed for me to get a feel of what an Economics degree could do for me. The seminars were helpful and incredibly insightful because I got the opportunity to see what path others that had started off in my position eventually took. Before joining UWIES I had a very vague idea of what I wanted to do with Economics; however the seminars and the field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank has made me much more informed about what it takes to be successful in the field. The program has made me feel much more confident in my ability to carry through with Economics."

"I have gained new perspective on what a career in economics could look like and saw representation of women in powerful roles within the field. I have also gained a new sense of community within the major that I haven't gotten from just taking classes alone."