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.

The Problem 

2018

Year

Established

700+

Members Worldwide

130+

Institutions

Represented

50+

Career Fair Recruiters

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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. 

Our Story.

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.

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SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF BLACK WOMEN

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