Here are some articles and blogs about issues concerning women mathematicians. First we list some general sources of collections and bibliographies, then individual articles of interest ordered by date, and finally blogs. For biographies of women mathematicians, see here.

Collections and Bibliographies


Agnes Scott College Women in Maths website

This has a wonderful bibliography section which currently lists over 450 articles and books about women in mathematics.

AWM website

Many articles and further resources can be found on the Resources section of the AWM website.

The Oregon Women in Math Project

The Women in Math Project, directed by Marie Vitulli in the Department of Mathematics  in the University of Oregon, reports on various gender studies in mathematics and other sciences. It includes 1997 and 2010 analyses for gender differences in employment for new Ph.D.s in mathematics. Here is the project’s bibliography.

The Philippa Fawcett Collection

This is a wide-ranging library of books written by and about women who studied or worked in mathematical subjects in the nineteenth and first part of the twentieth century, or earlier. It is held in the library of the London Mathematical Society.

Individual Articles

    >   Women in Mathematics: Change, Inertia, Stratification, Segregation
by Cathy Kessel et al., (2014)  On differences in proportions of women earning degrees and in academic departments, and stratification in professional awards and academic employment.

    >   On being a mom and a mathematician by Lillian Pierce, (November 15, 2013), On being a mom and a mathematician: interview by Lillian Pierce.

    >   Do Girls Really Experience More Anxiety in Mathematics? by Thomas Goetz et al, (August 2013) Two studies examining gender differences in gender anxiety.  Implications for educational practices and the assessment of anxiety are discussed.

   Teaching Mathematics With Women in Mind by Jessica M. Deshler and Elizabeth A. Burroughs, (October, 2013) On teaching mathematics and looking at how gender bias affects the classroom environment.                                  

    >   Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? by Eileen Pollack, (October 3, 2013), New York Times Magazine On under-representation of women in STEM fields, despite equal representation amongst students on college campuses.

    >   Más Mujeres Para la Ingeniería y las Ciencias  Journalist María de la Luz Romero interviews Felipe Álvarez, Dean deputy of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM), University of Chile (August 2013), El Mercurio de Santiago.  Discusses a special program initiated by the FCFM to end with the prejudice that hard sciences are only for men. Actually only 20% of FCFM students are female, and 15% of the full time professors are women.

    >   The Whole Women Thing by Nancy M. Reid, (2013) Part of the volume of articles by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.  Looking at the past, present, and future of statistical science through a gender-biased lens.  

    >   Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students  by Corinne Moss-Racusin et al. PNAS 2012

    >   El progreso académico de las mujeres: retando los mitos y rompiendo el ciclo cultural (Academic progress for women: confronting myths and breaking the cultural cycle)  by Lilliam Alvarez,
Academia de Ciencias de Cuba. Based on a talk in the IX Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencia, Tecnología y Género, Sevilla (2012).

    >   Seven Practices of Working Mother Researchers by Takako Hashimoto, (2010) Interesting and useful ideas on how to manage family and work.

    >   Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science by Stephen J. Ceci and  Wendy M. Williams. PNAS 2010

To be read together with a critique of the same article by mathematics education consultant and former AWM President Cathy Kessel and University of Oregon mathematics professor Marie A. Vitulli.

    >   Female teachers’ math anxiety affects girls’ math achievement by Sian Beilock et al, PNAS 2009)

    >   Women  Mathematicians in the Academic Ranks: A Call to Action by Barbara Keyfitz et al., (2006) A report of the BIRS workshop on Women in Mathematics, September 24-28.  A review of existing research and data concerning the situation for women in mathematics in the Canada, Mexico, and The United States.  

    >   Sex differences in creative style by Ravenna Helson (1967) This is the first of several famous articles by Ravenna Helson of the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research, Berkeleyand  wife of Berkeley mathematics professor Henry Helson. Originally published in 1967, it was republished online in the Journal of Personality 2006. It is well worth looking for other similar articles by the same author.


  >  AWM is on Twitter at @AWMmath and you can also find AWM on facebook.

  >   The Women in Maths Google Group

  >   Grandma Got STEM

This blog, by Rachel Levy of Harvey Mudd College, aims to counter the implication that grannies (gender + maternity + age) might not easily pick up on technical/theoretical ideas. This blog collects  grandmothers’ pictures+names+connections to STEM.

This blog, written by  data scientist and journalist Cathy O’Neill, contains some interesting articles about items of interest about women and mathematics.

“… 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.”         From  mathbabe, Tribute to Cora Sadosky



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