BU Women & Nonbinary People in Economics was initially established in 2016 as a PhD student-led organization working towards the advancement of women in the economics profession. The idea for this organization emerged in light of research highlighting the obstacles to women and other underrepresented identities at various stages of the economics profession. At the undergraduate level, Porter and Serra (2020) find that women are significantly more likely to take additional economics courses if they are exposed to successful women in the profession. At the PhD level, Boustan and Langan (2019) find that departments with better outcomes for women are those that have more women in the faculty, encourage advisor-student contact, and have collegial research seminars.

Since 2023 the organization has evolved into a space that centers gender equity in a more inclusive manner. Our ongoing vision is to expand the space to bring together marginalized people of different backgrounds in the department to foster a more diverse and equitable environment.


BU Women & Nonbinary People in Economics is committed to increasing the representation for women, nonbinary people and other underrepresented groups in Economics by building community and advocating for their needs to overcome systemic barriers in the profession.

You can find out more about our current and past activities here: https://www.bostonugwe.com/
If you have any questions, please contact us at weorg@bu.edu.

Chairs: Laura Aquino (she/her), Shreya Dutt (she/her), Vasudha Ramakrishna (she/her), Catherine O’Donnell (she/her), Jiarui Wang (she/her)

Faculty advisor: Chiara Margaria

Co-founders and former Chairs: Corinne Stephenson, Na Yeon Lim, and Lei Ma, Chelsea Carter, Petra Niedermayerova, Silvia Vannutelli, Vittoria Dicandia, and Sophie Li.

Former faculty advisers:  Natalia Ramondo, Stefania Garetto