Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?





“The whole women thing”

by Nancy M. Reid

part of the volume of articles by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. 

The article is at http://www.math.mcgill.ca/copss/Contributions/Reid.pdf and the volume and index is at http://www.math.mcgill.ca/copss/




"On being a mom and a mathematician"

An interview "On being a mom and a mathematician"




An interview in Spanish to Cora Sadosky

An interview in Spanish to Cora Sadosky "una matematica latina ejemplar"


A biography of Cora Ratto de Sadosky (Cora Sadosky's mother)

A biography of Cora Ratto de Sadosky (Cora Sadosky's mother), who was a pioneering woman in mathematics in Argentina http://www.cienciaenlavidriera.com.ar/2011/01/01/ratto-de-sadosky-cora-personaje-del-mes-enero-2011/




A web-page in Russian of Vera de Spinadel, a remarkable lady mathematician from Argentina


Vera Martha Winitzky de Spinadel (born 1929, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – mathematician; full consultant professor of mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires; director of the research Center of Mathematics & Design (MAyDI), having received many I&D grants and personal grants to develop the activities of many research groups; director of Mathematics & Design Laboratory at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, University of Buenos Aires; president of the International Mathematics & Design Association since 1998, that publishes the Journal of Mathematics & Design twice a year; basic works on geometrical fractals and application of mathematics in architecture and design; her works in the field of "Metallic Means" in development of the classical Golden Proportion got wide international recognition

 A web-page in Russian  of Vera de Spinadel



Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving.

More on the website



Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Laura DeMarco and Amie Wilkinson


The AWM  newsletter is publishing a series of interviews of women mathematicians.

Evelyn Lamb of the University of Utah interviewed Laura DeMarco and Amie Wilkinson. The article, in which these two prominent researchers talk about their experiences,  was picked up by Science magazine and appears on the following link.

Evelyn Lamb's interview of Laura DeMarco and Amie Wilkinson 






Agnes Scott College Biographies of Women in Math

These pages are part of an on-going project at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, to illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics. Here you can find biographical essays or comments on the women mathematicians profiled on this site, as well as additional resources about women in mathematics. Each time this page is reloaded, a randomly selected photo is displayed to the left (if Javascript is enabled). Click on the image to go to the profile of that woman.

More on the web site





German initative which lists profiles of female scientists as a tool to aid recruitment, finding experts, conference speakers, science writing or similar purposes. Site in German and English.




Six questions with...

interviews with female mathematical scientists on the web site of the

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences


Tribute to Cora Sadosky

The following inspiring text, extracted from the tribute to Cora Sadosky in http://mathbabe.org/2011/06/29/cora-sadosky/


"... as women mathematicians, we will keep growing, keep writing, and keep getting better at math as we grow older (unlike men who typically do their best work when they’re 29), and we absolutely have to maintain a purpose and a drive and fortitude for that highest call, the struggle of creation."



Stereotype threat


One of the reasons why it is very difficult to change the number of women in mathematics is, that in many countries we are very few to begin with, e.g. in northern Europe.  This immediately makes young women aware that they are different, if they pursue a mathematics career.
In social psychology, "Stereotype threat"  is considered as one of the consequences of being "the odd one out".

I believe we have to take this seriously both within ourselves and when we teach, so here are a few resources, which some of you may find useful:
explains what it means and also how to fight it.

There is also a book: Whistling Vivaldi. And other clues to why stereotypes may effect us. by Claude Steele.
Here is a review of it www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/412260.article

Lisbeth Fajstrup

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