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 in 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 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 Call 2018. CWM invites proposals for funding of up to €3000 for activities or initiatives taking place in 2018, aimed at either (a) establishing or supporting networks for women in mathematics, preferably at the continental or regional level, and with priority given to networks in developing or emerging countries or (b) organizing a mathematical school open to all with all women speakers and mainly women organisers. For more details see here.
  • GRAID Program. IMU/CDC has recently established the Graduate Research Assistantships in Developing Countries program for graduate students working in a developing country. It provides modest support for emerging research groups, making it possible for them to fund their most talented students as graduate research assistants, thereby fostering the growth of a mathematics community. For more details see here.

  • 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.

  • 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. The 2017 call for supplementary grants is also closed. CWM  awarded 6 grants of  €500 each to help women from developing countries  to attend scientific events in 2017-18. For more details see here.

  • CWM cooperates 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's CDC is offering female African women mathematicians small top ups to EMS-Simons Foundation grants for collaborative research visits. Other IMU CDC grants which may be of interest can be found 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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