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CWM is the committee of the IMU concerned with issues related to women in mathematics worldwide. Its objectives are:

To propose, encourage and facilitate activities of the IMU or other bodies which would tend to increase the visibility of women in mathematics and lead to an increase in their representation in the community at all levels and in all parts of the world.

To promote international contacts between national and regional organisations for women in mathematics, in particular facilitating the building of networks at the regional or continental level.

To provide a website which is a repository of information for and about women in mathematics worldwide and to enable efficient communication among the international community of women mathematicians.

News and Events

CWM is organising a satellite meeting of ICM 2018: (WM)²: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics to take place, in the same venue as the ICM in Rio,on  July 31 2018.

CWM Panel at ICM Rio on August 2 2018. Brief presentation of IMU CWM  by Marie-Francoise Roy, a lecture of June Barrow Green (Open University, UK) "Historical context of the gender gap in mathematics"  and a lecture by Silvina Ponce-Dawson (University Buenos Aires, Argentina) "The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Working Group on Women in Physics: activities and perspectives" followed by reactions from the floor.

An edited sequence of film clips of women saying into the camera "I am (name) from (country), and I am a mathematician!” in the language of their choice. The 146 clips featured 243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries speaking in 31 different languages. Authors Eugenie Hunsicker and Irina Linke.

Members of the CWM are appointed for four years by the IMU Executive Committee and are widely distributed internationally. The CWM has a chair and vice--chair and 6 to 8 members--at--large. One of the CWM members is responsible for the CWM website and electronic communication.

The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists has been launched on May 1st, 2018 and will be open for answers until October 31st, 2018. Click to complete the 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists. You are welcome to forward this link to the survey to your colleagues, both men and women.

CWM posters and flyers are available.   If you want to get a few copies to distribute at a mathematical event or for other display purposes, please contact your CWM country's ambassador.

CWM is using its sponsorship to help establish and foster networks of women mathematicians especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa.  From 2015 to 2018, CWM sponsored events took place in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico , Senegal, Tunisia , Kenya, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa ,Vietnam, Austria, El Salvador, Ethiopia,  Italy (ICTP), Macedonia, Nigeria, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.

CWM random collection of  photos of women mathematicians. Just to make you realise  how many women in mathematics there are, who have overcome the multitude of obstacles placed in their paths.

Four women are Plenary Speakers at ICM 2018: Nalini Anantharaman, Catherine Goldstein, Sylvia Serfaty and Lai-Sang Young, out of 21 plenary speakers. The proportion of women giving Plenary or Invited Section Lectures is 15 %.

CWM is very deeply saddened by the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female Fields medalist and an inspiration to us all.  More information on her life and career can be found  following the following links  to Quantamagazine, at Stanford University, on Terry Tao's blog, in The Newyorker or in The guardian, as well as many many other places.

CWM Initiatives

CWM News

Suggestions for CWM News items can be sent to cwm.info@mathunion.org.
CWM News Archives can be found here.

World Meeting for Women in Mathematics

CWM is organising a satellite meeting of ICM 2018: (WM)²: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics to take place, in the same venue as the ICM in Rio,on  July 31 2018.

ICSU_gender gap project

CWM is leading the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It ?" funded by the International Council for Science (ICSU).

The 2018 call for proposals is now closed. Details of the twelve successful projects, aimed at forming networks, running workshops or schools, and other projects, can be found here. For the call itself see here.

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CWM has established about 120 special correspondents worldwide, each of whom has the job of disseminating information received from  CWM, and also of keeping CWM informed about activities or initiatives to be announced on this website. See their list here

CWM Poster

CWM printers and flyers are available.  The flyer is two sided and is designed to be folded along vertical lines into three. If you want to get a few copies to distribute at a mathematical event or for other display purposes, please contact your EWM country's ambassador.

CWM Organizations by country

Organizations for Women in Mathematics are listed in alphabetical order by country here. There are also trans-continental organizations for Africa (AWMA) and Europe (EWM). The USA based AWM has many international members.

List of events

There are many mathematical events held each year organised by and specifically aimed at women mathematicians. Here is a sample, listed with the most recent first. Please contact us with details of any  relevant events, past or future, that you would like to suggest we add.

CWM Gallery

CWM random collection of  photos of women mathematicians. Just to make you realise of how many women in mathematics there are, who have overcome the multitude of obstacles placed in their paths.

CWM OWSD

CWM cooperates with the Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD). OWSD is one of the 11 partners of the Gender Gap in Science project.

News, grants and activities

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The EMS's CDC is offering female african women mathematicians small top ups to EMS-Simons Foundation grants for collaborative research visits, see here. Other IMU CDC grants which may be of interest can be found 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)