Annie Fadely is the senior policy and programs associate at Civic Ventures, a public policy incubator based out of Seattle, and a producer of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast.
Fadely says that it’s “obvious that the field of economics has a gender bias.” And it goes all the way back to the foundations of the field.
The theory of the “economic man” was created when women were still primarily working in the home, making everything that they did in the house “uncounted,” or not creating value. And “that devaluation was never updated for the realities of modern life and it began to have real economic consequences,” Fadely explains.
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From its most fundamental theories to the halls of academia, the field of economics is built by and for men.
Google “famous economists.” If you click on every single link that appears on the first page of results, you’ll find 124 unique men and 12 unique women (but I’d recommend taking my word for it). In the history of the field of economics, women make up less than 1% of the economists that Google considers front-page worthy.
No matter what your metric is, it’s obvious that the field of economics has a gender bias. Although women earn undergraduate degrees at a higher rate than men do, they’re not majoring in economics — women make up only one-third of undergraduate economics students. And as women climb the slow ladder of academia, many drop off along the way; there are two men for every woman in economics PhD programs, three men for every woman among associate professors of economics, and six men for every woman among full-time professors.
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