Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is arguably the most powerful economist in the world, making her an excellent role model for women in the early stages of a career in the field. Only one problem: She’s one of the very few women at the top to look up to.

While other professions with relatively low shares of women, like tech and engineering, have made strides in recent decades, economics remains overwhelmingly male-dominated, from top to bottom, writes economist Veronika Dolar. For example, just 15% of full professors are women, and less than a third of doctorate degrees in economics go to women.

It’s a complex problem. But Dolar points to something she and most other female colleagues have experienced firsthand – sexism in economics departments.

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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is the only woman who has chaired the Federal Reserve in its over 100-year history. AP Photo/Annie Rice

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