This website provides information for and about women in mathematics. It has been created by the IMU Women in Maths Webpages Advisory Group under the oversight of the International Mathematical Union as a service to the international mathematical community.
Before anything else, we are 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.
At its meeting on August 12, 2014, the IMU Executive Committee decided that a committee will be created whose remit will be to promote international contacts between national and regional organisations for women and mathematics and to undertake other related activities. A small international group, currently being set up and chaired by Ingrid Daubechies, will work with the EC to define its terms of reference and organizational structure. Their proposals will be submitted to the EC at its meeting in Spring 2015. For more information, see here.
Here is a quick guide to the material and links gathered 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 lectures. People 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 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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