the sadie collective
addressing the pipeline & pathway problem for economics and related fields
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We address the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics, finance, data science, and policy.
What is the pipeline problem? Here's one way to think about it. According to the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey, Black women make up approximately 6.68% of the total U.S. population, but in 2019, only 2.5% of degrees in economics, finance, math, or accounting were earned by Black women.
We can see the downstream effects of this phenomenon by looking at the number of Black women who held jobs in those fields over a similar timeframe. In 2018 (the most recent year of data available), only 3.6% of workers in economics, finance, math, and accounting were Black women — far lower than Black women's overall presence in the U.S. population.