Recently various bodies have issued statements or produced policy documents outlining their commitment to promoting full participation of female mathematicians. `Good policy’ refers to institutional policies aimed at removing potential barriers to women in the workplace, of example lack of access to suitable childcare facilities. We start with some items about the issues and examples of good practice for bringing children to conferences.
AWM's Childcare Statement (2010), together with some information about childcare grants for attending US conferences.
Harvard Kennedy School: Women and Public Policy Program: Gender Action Portal
“With its Gender Action Portal, the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School provides scientific evidence—based on experiments in the field and in the laboratory—on the impact of policies, strategies and organizational practices aimed at closing gender gaps in the areas of economic opportunity, politics, health, and education to help translate research into action and take successful interventions to scale.“
Excerpt: “As an international organisation representing the world’s applied mathematicians, ICIAM is committed to removing the educational inequalities in mathematics that exist in many parts of the world, and to improving the access to careers in the mathematical sciences for all men and women.”
The London Mathematical Society strongly supports advancing women’s careers in university mathematics departments. The Society’s Women in Mathematics Committee has developed a Good Practice Scheme with the aim of supporting mathematics departments interested in embedding equal opportunities for women within their working practices. The Scheme provides specific support for departments working towards Athena SWAN Award status. Further information can be found in the Good Practice Scheme Booklet.
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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”.
The website ReducingStereotypeThreat may be useful both within ourselves and when we teach: it explains what stereotype threat means and also how to fight it.
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