This website provides information for and about women in mathematics worldwide.

IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM)  The remit of CWM is to promote international contacts between national and regional organisations for women and mathematics and to undertake other related activities, including responsibilty for this website. CWM was approved by the IMU Executive Committee in March 2015. Its first meeting took place in Cortona, Italy in September 2015; a detailed report can be found here.  The second meeting was in Berlin, July 2016 and the third is in Berlin in May 2017. The central goal from now until ICM Rio 2018 is to help to establish networks  of women mathematicians especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. For more infomation and members see here.

CWM Ambassadors  CWM has established about 100 special correspondents worldwide, each of whom has the job of disseminating information such as CWM funding calls in her geographical or mathematical neighbourhood, and also of keeping CWM informed about activities or initiatives to be announced on this website. The list of ambassadors is here.

CWM Posters and Flyers CWM posters and flyers are available. For more information and to get good quality versions for display, see here.

Activities and News

  • CWM is very deeply saddened by the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female Fields medallist and an inspiration to us all. Her beautiful mathematics will stand as a memorial long after those of us who have had the privilege of knowing her personally are gone. For more information and links to some of the many tributes see here.

  • The IMU  proposal to ICSU for the project "A Global approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences : how to measure it, how to reduce it ?" has been successful.  The award is of 300,000 Euros for the period 2017-2019.  CWM was one of the two lead applicants. For a quick summary see here and for the project website see here.

  • CWM CALL 2017. This call is now closed. Details of the twelve successful projects, aimed at forming networks, running workshops or schools, and other projects, can be found here. For the call itself see here.

  • CWM SUPPLEMENTARY GRANTS 2017. This call is now closed.  CWM has awarded 6 grants of  €500 each to help women from developing countries  to attend scientific events taking place between March 2017 and February 2018. For more details see here.

  • CWM is organising a satellite meeting of ICM 2018: (WM)²: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics to take place in Rio on 31 July 2018 immediately before  the ICM. More details to follow.

  • In December 2015, CWM  invited proposals for funding of up to €3000 for activities or initiatives  to take place in 2016 aimed at establishing or supporting networks  for women in mathematics. Seven activities with these objectives were selected. For a brief report see here and for other details and pictures see here.

  • CWM is currently exploring ways to cooperate with the Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD). OWSD offers generous awards to women working and living in developing countries in the early stages of their scientific careers. The awards in 2018 (to be selected in 2017) will be for women working in Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Maths and Physics. For more details see here. Through the initiative of CWM, OWSD has joined the ICSU GenderGap project. There are plans to organize the final project conference at ICTP Trieste in November 2019.

  • The IMU has recently launched Breakout Graduate Fellowships to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country, leading to a PhD degree in the mathematical sciences. The IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships offer a limited number of grants for excellent students from developing countries. The first call  is open from April 16th-June 16th 2016. For more details see here.

Quick Guide  Here is a quick guide to the material and links on this website. Childcare at conferences and research centres is frequently an issue and we are collecting some useful discussions, examples and links here. Under Events you will find a sample of the many events intended mainly for women mathematicians together with material from panel discussions and recordings of some special lecturesPeople includes a gallery of photos of women mathematicians, sources for biographies, and a collection of interviews.

 Organizations lists committees and associations of and for women mathematicians, together with some aimed more generally at women scientists. Some have a regional or national focus, others are subject specific. Many have websites that provide links to events, articles, studies, statistics, and other resources. In particular AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) and EWM  (European Women in Mathematics) both have their own extensive websites.

Initiatives contains information about some of the strategic actions which have been taken to address the issues facing women in mathematics, ranging from those set up  by mathematical  and academic organisations to those aimed at mainly at women mathematicians in industry. Resources contains social media like blogs, facebook pages and twitters, material addressing issues relevant to women in mathematics, ranging from books and articles, through funding aimed specifically at women, to policy documents and statements made by various institutions.

Our lists are by no means comprehensive or exhaustive.  We value suggestions of additional material including photographs; please refer to the instructions here.



“…is it really possible not to stretch out one’s hand, is it possible to refuse to help someone who is seeking knowledge and cannot help herself reach its source? After all, on woman’s road, when a woman wants to take a path other than the well-trodden one leading to marriage, so many difficulties pile up. I myself encountered many of these. Therefore I consider it my duty to destroy whatever obstacles I can in the paths of others. ”   Sofia Kovalevskaia (1850-1891)




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