The "March 15, 2023 Speaker Series" focused on interventions to increase the pipeline of women into economics at the post-secondary level and beyond. The speakers discussed the underrepresentation of women in economics and presented hypotheses as to why this is the case, including the lack of female role models and mentors, an unwelcoming climate, and greater grade sensitivity among women. Potential solutions to the underrepresentation of females in economics were also discussed, including information and encouragement interventions, curricular reform, adoption of active learning pedagogies, and role models and mentors. The speakers emphasized the importance of diversity in the economics profession and the need for greater representation of women in the field, and shared their personal experiences and insights. Lastly, they encouraged students to join economic clubs, seek out professors as mentors, and engage with the material through experiments and hands-on learning experiences.
The speaker in the March 15, 2023 Speaker Series encourages everyone to play a role in empowering students to be the best they can be, regardless of their background. While acknowledging the value of mentors and advocates, she emphasizes that anyone can contribute to this effort. She also highlights the importance of improving financial literacy for Minnesotans and encourages others to find ways to help their students, reminding the audience of upcoming events, including a joint program on financial literacy legislation next month.