Rachel Reeves - The Women Who Made Modern Economics | How To Academy


Thu, 26 October 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Rachel Reeves – The Women Who Made Modern Economics

In Conversation with Soumaya Keynes

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Widely anticipated to become the first ever female Chancellor the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves joins us to celebrate the women who made modern economics, and reveal her vision for a fairer Britain.

For too many years economics has ignored what women have to offer, marginalising the work of female economists or simply not recognising their achievements. As a woman and economist who is herself challenging those barriers, Rachel Reeves joins us to celebrate the lives and ideas of the thinkers who have played major roles in economic history – from Harriet Martineau and Mary Paley Marshall to contemporary policy makers like Janet Yellen, Gita Gopinath, and Christine Lagarde.

And as the potential next Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the first female Chancellor after 800 years, Reeves now joins Financial Times economics columnist Soumaya Keynes to outline her vision for the future of the economy: a future in which productivity is enhanced, growth is sustainable and there are opportunities for all, not just a few at the top.

She says: “The last few years have made resoundingly clear the need for a new economic approach – based on the knowledge that wealth doesn’t trickle from the top down, but comes from the bottom up and middle out. A new global economic consensus is emerging; we need to help shape that, but we also need to learn too from the past.”

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Rachel Reeves

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

Rachel Reeves is the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and has served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010. Before becoming an MP she spent a decade working as an economist – first for the Bank of England in London and Washington D.C., and later for HBOS in Halifax. From 2017-2020, she was Chair of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. When Keir Starmer was appointed Labour leader in May 2020, Rachel took up the role of Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office before being appointed Shadow Chancellor in May 2021. She is the author of two previous books: Women of Westminster: The MPsWho Changed Politics (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon (IB Tauris, 2016).

Soumaya Keynes

Economics Columnist at the FT

Soumaya Keynes is an economics columnist at the Financial Times. She joined after eight years at The Economist, where she had roles including Britain Economics Editor, Trade & Globalisation Editor and US Economics Editor. She is an avid podcaster, having co-founded the Trade Talks podcast, and now she is working on a new economics podcast for the FT. Before moving into journalism she was an economics researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.