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Our mission is to champion diversity in economic research and policymaking by mentoring and connecting women1 and promoting their high-quality research.

The Richmond Fed Center for Advancing Women in Economics (AWE)1 seeks to champion diversity in economic research and policymaking by mentoring and connecting women and promoting their high-quality research.

In addition to an annual fellowship program, the Center regularly spotlights the research and experiences of women economists to amplify their work and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

To learn more about the Center and its mission, contact the Center’s leadership with questions.

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The term “women” as used by the Center for Advancing Women in Economics is intended to include anyone identifying as a woman or as nonbinary.


The Richmond Fed’s Center for Advancing Women in Economics (AWE) is pleased to announce the selection of its two inaugural fellows: Stephanie Johnson and Oliko Vardishvili. The Fellowship Program is a unique initiative designed to support the academic success of women research economists in the early stages of their careers.

In this junior economist spotlight, learn more about Mayara Felix, an Assistant Professor of Economics and Global Affairs at Yale University. Felix’s research is in trade and development, with a special focus on policies that affect firms and the market power they might command over workers or consumers.

In this video, senior economist Natalia Ramondo, an Associate Professor at Boston University, discusses her journey towards becoming an economist. She also discusses her research, her proudest moments and offers advice to those entering the economics field.


Search our directory of Ph.D. women economists conducting academic and policy-related research as part of the Federal Reserve System.

Hear from prominent women economists as they share their research, experiences and valuable advice for those starting their careers in economics.

Explore and attend research conferences that spotlight the contributions of women in economics.

In this episode of Speaking of the Economy, Marina Azzimonti and Arantxa Jarque discuss the Center's recent launch and the need for such an organization within the economics profession.

Data on Women in Economics

A recent study conducted by the Richmond Fed's new Center for Advancing Women in Economics sheds light on the current state of gender diversity and underscores the role of women in shaping economic policy and decision-making.

The original data from the study about the Feds is compared to data about academia collected by CSWEP.

Center Leadership

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Marina Azzimonti

headshot of Arantxa Jarque

Arantxa Jarque

Associate Director

Fellowship Program

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Urvi Neelakantan

Fellowship Program Lead
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Felipe F. Schwartzman

Senior Economist

Additional Information

External Resources or Programs

American Economic Association-CSWEP (US)
CWEC Home (Canada)
Women in Economics | CEPR (EU)
UK Women in Economics Network: Royal Economic Society (UK)
Women in Economics Podcast Series by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The resources and opportunities featured in this section may be of interest to women in the field of economics. Our reference to these organizations is meant to inform and is not an endorsement of their mission or services by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond or the Federal Reserve System.