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Founded by Anna Opoku-Agyeman and Fanta Traore, and co-led by a fabulous team of young Black women, the Sadie Collective is named after Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first African American to earn her doctoral degree in economics in 1921 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, due to racial barriers that persisted at the time, Dr. Alexander was unable to find work in the economics profession and instead pursued a career in law, holding a variety of positions such as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Pennsylvania.
Our organization aims to bring together Black women at different stages in their academic and/or professional careers in quantitatively demanding fields such as economics, finance and public policy. The Collective provides resources, programs and a community to Sadie Collective members and advocates for broader visibility in the field.