August 12, 2016
The ICMI-affiliated International Organization of Women in Mathematics Education (IOWME) held its quadrennial meeting in Hamburg on July 30th. Three presentations were given:
Moneoang Leshota (Lesotho):
I want to be like her: A need for mentoring for women in mathematics education research
Tamsin Meaney (Norway):
Gender-affirming or gender-neutral approaches to opening up girls’ horizons to STEM careers
Yvette Solomon (UK):
Making space for women in mathematics: One woman’s story
At least 45 people attended the meeting. Eva Norén (Stockholm University, Sweden) and Jennifer Hall (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) were elected as convenors until the next ICME, which will be held in Shanghai in 2020.
At the meeting, we decided to try to fund a woman researcher’s ICME participation in 2020, as we did in 2016. This funding is a type of mentoring, which is an important way of supporting new women into the field of mathematics education, specifically women working in countries that still are viewed as developing countries.
We discussed the Facebook page, and want to go on problematizing research in mathematics education. We also discussed invitations of men to IOWME and the less binary position of gender issues in society today. Other issues were discussed, such as considering which countries are represented in IOWME. We look forward to adding more members to the organization and having fruitful discussions on Facebook.
Jennifer Hall and Eva Norén
Convenors of IOWME