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The Conversation: Raising the Glass Ceiling for Female Economists


Our show today brings a number of female economists to the table to talk about the economy - but specifically: why aren’t more women in this field? What’s in the way of breaking up the “boys club?” We also acknowledge the women who are paving the way forward.

Our guests today:

  • Dr. Denise Konan is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Hawai'i at M?noa. She served as the interim chancellor of UH Manoa and department chair. Konan’s background is in international trade. She has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Arab League, and the governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Hawai’i. Her interests include regional economic integration, trade in services, intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment and energy.

  • Dr. Teresa Molina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at UH  Manoa. She has a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California. Her research primarily focuses on health and education in developing countries.

  • Originally from Kaneohe, Abby Trenhaile is a foreign service officer at the State Department. She is currently posted to Washington, DC, and has done tours at U.S. embassies in China and Pakistan. She graduated from UH Manoa's College of Social Sciences with bachelor degrees in economics and political science, and holds a Masters degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins University.


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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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