by John Michael O'Leary
The Federal Reserve, the central banking system of the United States, is arguably the world’s most influential financial institution. Markets and fortunes rise and fall in accord with its pronouncements. So it’s heartening that this icon of monetary policy is working to further the participation of women in economics.
The St. Louis Fed’s Women in Economics initiative complements a similar focus underway at the Romain College of Business. Dr. Daria Sevastianova, associate professor of economics, is a champion for making the study of economics more inclusive. She has accompanied USI student delegations to Women in Economics Symposia at the St. Louis Fed. Last year she led the chartering of the USI Economics Club with its extracurricular focus on opportunities for women. The club’s official launch in September was auspicious, coinciding with a visit to campus by representatives of the St. Louis Fed. The purpose of that visit: to record a conversation with Daria and club members for the Women in Economics podcast series.
“Over the past three decades, the underrepresentation of women in economics has changed very little,” says Dr. Cathy Carey, dean of Romain College of Business and professor of economics. “It is exciting that our students are playing a part in the St. Louis Fed’s initiative to emphasize the voices and roles of women in economics. Dr. Sevastianova is an excellent role model with her tireless dedication to support and encourage female students in the field.”
The 20-minute podcast featuring the USI Economics Club includes an interview with Dr. Sevastianova and comments by several club members. You can listen and read a transcript here.