Just weeks after Google launched a $50million program to help address barriers to girls getting involved in science, technology, engineering and maths; and despite evidence that stereotypes and cultural biases still impede women’s success in these disciplines…the sanitary napkin producer Libra has rolled out a new advertising campaign stereotyping women in a manner that is completely opposite to what such initiatives are aiming to achieve.
Libra’s new advertising slogan “….absorbing more than you ever did in maths”… brings to the attention the need for vigilance in our efforts to eliminate stereotyping. As members of the F.E.W. we are women who can do math, and we are role-models for young women, thus our efforts to protest against such stereotypes can only help raise the barriers that contribute to the relative underrepresentation of women in our professions of finance and economics. There is no biological difference between women and men in their ability to do math. The literature clearly identifies negative stereotyping as one of the important reasons why girls may underperform in math and this type of advertising reinforces this stereotyping.
All FIRN members are asked to sign the petition at http://www.fairagenda.org/libra which calls on Libra to stop this continued stereotype portrayal of women in a manner that is unacceptable.
2014 Research Events
Asset Pricing Research Group Meeting - MelbourneThe 2014 Asset Pricing Group Meeting will trial a unique format featuring new research by four (4) of today’s leading young researchers including: Christian Heyerdahl-Larsen (London Business School); Haoxiang Xhu (MIT) and Tim McQuade (Stanford) and Bradyn Breon-Drish (Stanford).
Guest keynote presenter will be Wayne Ferson (University of Southern California).
Annual "The Art of Finance" Conference - Lake Crackenback, NSW Snowy Mountains
New Conference Announcements
Best Paper Prize $1,000 sponsored by IJMF
Best Policy Research Paper Prize $10,000 sponsored by FIRN
New Eminent International Program Committee
Top three (3)* papers submitted to the Policy Prize category will receive for the first time
a written referee report by the international program committee
*this number may change depending upon number of submissions received
2014 PhD Courses
Market Microstructure course NEW FIRN ENDORSED COURSE OFFERED 2ND SEMESTER 2014
Presented by David Michayluk and Talis Putnins at University of Technology, Sydney during 2nd semester, 2014.
Course forms part of the FIRN National PhD Program and is open to all PhD students and academic staff from FIRN member and invited institutions. Please email the FIRN Executive Officer (email@example.com) indicating your intention to participate in this course and providing a copy of your PhD Supervisors or PhD Coordinators approval.
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Tom Smith will again present these two courses at The University of Queensland Business School during 2014.
Courses form part of the FIRN National PhD Program and are open to all PhD students and academic staff from FIRN member institutions.
PhD students may obtain credit for these courses as part of their PhD coursework program.
Finance Theory course dates for 2014 are:
Empirical Finance course dates for 2014 are:
Calendar of Events
November 27th -29th
Sept 28 - Oct 2