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Girls in Economics - Severely Underrepresented

Economics in both high school and college suffers from one of the largest gender gaps in any discipline. With only 30% of Econ majors being female, women are greatly underrepresented in this field, compared to 45-60% in business, STEM, and humanities. Many female economists face sexism, from being disregarded for their own research to acts of gaslighting from male counterparts. In the UK, female secondary school students are offered and study economics far less than male students. The scarcity of female economists also leads to a lack of role models in the field. With declining rates of women entering and graduating from doctoral programs in econ, insights and attention towards issues of a wide scope would not have a broad view. This would be a backward motion for all, as solutions would only appeal to a specific group and not resolve the problem for the whole.


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