WE ARE THE NEXT GENERATION.
In 2018, Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman and Fanta Traore co-founded The Sadie Collective to address the lack of Black Women in economics, finance, data science, and policy.
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The Sadie Collective empowers, equips, and elevates Black women in quantitative sciences by addressing the pipeline and pathway problem in economics, finance, data science, and public policy through curated content creation, programming, and mentorship.
We are becoming the change that we want to see.
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, then an undergraduate at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Fanta Traore, then a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors co-founded The Sadie Collective after their own personal experiences of being 'the only one' in predominantly white economic institutions. Inspired by the work of, Dr. Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, who shared that Black women are missing from economics coupled with their experiences in economics, the two women co-founded The Sadie Collective, the first and only American non-profit organization that address the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics, finance, data science, and policy across the world.
The Sadie Collective is named after Dr. 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, she 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 Philadelphia and President of John F. Kennedy's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
The organization now aims bring together Black women at different stages in their academic and/or professional careers in the quantitative sciences to share resources, network, and advocate for broader visibility in the field. The Collective strives to create safe spaces where Black women in these fields can obtain the resources they need to thrive. The Collective is working to center Black women in the economy while shifting inequitable power structures that create barriers to access in economics so that everyone can fully participate in these fields.
How to Center Black Women in Economics & Related Fields?
Janelle Jones is the Managing Director of Research and Policy at the Groundwork Collaborative, an organization that focuses on solutions towards a more inclusive economy. An economist and alum of Spelman College, she coined the economic framework: "Black Women Best" in 2020 to advocate for an economy that centers Black women:
If Black women—who, since our nation's founding, have been among the most excluded and exploited by the rules that structure our society—can one day thrive in the economy, then it must finally be working for everyone.