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

Before anything else, we were delighted to congratulate Maryam Mirzakhani on becoming the first woman to win the Fields medal, as announced at the ICM in Seoul on August 13th, 2014. For more information and comment, see here.

IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM)  At its meeting on August 12, 2014, the IMU Executive Committee decided to set up a working group aimed at the establishment of a committee whose remit would be to promote international contacts between national and regional organisations for women and mathematics and to undertake other related activities, including responsibilty for this website. The IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) was approved by the EC in March 2015. The first meeting of CWM took place in Cortona, Italy 4-5 September 2015; a detailed report can be found here.  The central goal from now until ICM Rio 2018 will be to help to establish networks  of women mathematicians especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. CWM will be organising a satellite meeting of ICM 2018:   (WM)²: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics  to take place just before  the ICM.   

Activities and News

  • 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, preferably at the continental or regional level, and with priority given to networks and individuals in developing or emerging countries, see here. Seven activities with these objectives were selected. They will take place in Colombia (Latin America), India, Indonesia (S. and E. Asia), Kazakhstan (Central Asia), Mexico (Latin America), Senegal (West Africa), Tunisia (North  Africa). In 2015-16, similar activities were also funded in Kenya (Africa) and Brazil (Latin America). For more details 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.

  • 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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