Alumna Sharon White visits Fitzwilliam College
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Women in Economics: Stuck in first gear?

Jared Butters, President of the Fitzwilliam College Economics and Finance Society, reports on the visit to College last month by alumna and Honorary Fellow Sharon White.

On Wednesday 17 October 2018, the Fitzwilliam College Economics and Finance Society welcomed current Chief Executive of Ofcom, Fitzwilliam alumna and Honorary Fellow Sharon White (Economics 1985) for a talk on "Women in Economics: Stuck in First Gear?"

As Ofcom’s first female CEO, and having previously been the first black person and second woman to hold the position of Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, Sharon’s speech was a fascinating insight on the topic.

In front of a packed Gordon Cameron Lecture Theatre, Sharon outlined her thoughts on why Economics fails to attract and keep women in the profession, highlighting a wide range of issues spanning from gender equal childcare to how economics is portrayed to young women. The speech was then followed by a Q&A, where those attending were given a chance to ask Sharon about her experiences and how they related to the themes she spoke about previously.

Overall it was a thoroughly engaging event, and the Fitzwilliam Economics and Finance Society would like to thank Sharon for the time and effort that she put into the evening.

Photo credit: Tamsin Starr

About the Fitzwilliam College Economics and Finance Society

We hold a range of thought-provoking events throughout the academic year, including economics-related talks which develop our understanding of the global economy and the applications of economic theory to the real world. The Society also hosts company presentations and provides support for internships and graduate scheme applications.

Past events have included visits from senior economists involved in policy formulation and leading economic research at the European Central Bank and at Goldman Sachs, and a talk by Jagdish Bhagwati on the nexus between trade and growth and the future of the global trading system.

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