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Our mission is to champion diversity in the field of economics by mentoring, connecting and promoting the high-quality research of women.*

The Richmond Fed Center for Advancing Women in Economics (AWE)* seeks to champion diversity in the field of economics and enrich economic research and policymaking by mentoring, connecting, and promoting the high-quality research of women.

The cornerstone of these efforts is the annual Center for Advancing Women in Economics Fellowship Program, which provides two junior women economists with personalized mentorship opportunities and invites them to participate in key economic conferences and networking events, including the Richmond Fed’s CORE Week program and brownbag seminars. 

In addition, the Center regularly spotlights the research and experiences of women economists to both celebrate their work as well as to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

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

*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.

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Learn about the unique opportunities provided by our Fellowship Program designed to support and empower women in the early stages of their economics careers.

Meet Claudia Macaluso, a junior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Macaluso's research focuses on labor market dynamics and mismatch, occupational and spatial mobility of workers, and human capital.

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


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

Percentage of women who are Doctoral Students and Faculty in U.S. Economics departments with doctoral programs. Data is obtained from the 2022 CSWEP, including information from 123 doctoral departments. See 2022 CSWEP annual report for further details.

Center Leadership

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Marina Azzimonti

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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.