THE FUTURE OF ECONOMICS

IS A BLACK WOMAN.

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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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2018

Fanta Traore and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman co-found The Sadie Collective

Inaugural Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and Related Fields at Mathematica Now

2019

2020

Sadie Collective partners with Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on nationwide workshop 

2021

The Sadie Collective begins partnering with The Urban Institute on Sadie T.M. Alexander Conferences for Economics and Related Fields

Fanta Traore becomes CEO and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman remains on as Chair of new Advisory Board

The Sadie Collective

partners with the

Gates Foundation

Meet The Co-Founders

Fanta Traore

Chief Executive Officer

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

Chair of The Advisory Board

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.