Women’s Representation in Mathematics Subﬁelds: Evidence from the arXiv ABRA BRISBIN AND URSULA WHITCHER Women in Mathematics and the Sciences more statistics on degrees and enrollment.) At higher levels, the discrepancies are starker. Recent surveys by the few years ago, while applying to run a conference for American Mathematical Society show that in 2012–2013, undergraduates, one of us wrote, ‘‘Mathematical A 31.2% of the people receiving Ph.D.s were women, and A physics lags behind other subﬁelds of mathematics in women held 26.6% of all faculty jobs in mathematics and participation of women.’’ Our grants coordinator asked for a statistics (see [VMR14, VMR15]). Because the fraction of citation; to our surprise, we found that only very general women studying and working on mathematics is not rep- statistics for the participation of women in research mathe- resentative of the population as a whole, education and matics, along the lines of ‘‘algebra’’ versus ‘‘geometry,’’ were labor-force researchers say women are underrepresented in available. Nevertheless, mathematical folklore is full of more mathematics. speciﬁc speculation about women’s research participation, Underrepresentation of women is hardly unique to such as ‘‘Women show a distinct preference for discrete math: it is a common phenomenon across the STEM
The Mathematical Intelligencer – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 21, 2018
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