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Scholarship. Ambition.
Community. Empowerment.

Addressing the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics and related fields

The Diversity Problem

What is the 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.

Black Women and Careers in Economics and Related Fields

Textual Analysis of Pre-Surveys for the 2020 Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and Related Fields in response to 1) What excites Black women about a career in economics and related fields? and 2) What worries Black women about a career in economics and related fields?

Data on Black Women in Economics

2020 Report of the Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP)

National Science Foundation 2019 Report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with
Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Data on Black Women in Economics

Our Mission

By empowering and equipping Black women in quantitative and behavioral sciences, The Sadie Collective addresses the pipeline and pathway problem in economics, finance, data science, and public policy through programming and mentorship. While we primarily serve and address the needs of Black women and youth, The Sadie Collective is always open and welcoming to all. 

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