Women in Mathematics: A History

Items on Display:

  • Change Is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics, by Patricia Clark Kenschaft. 2000. Call # 510.82 K412c.
  • European Women in Mathematics: Proceedings of the 13th General Meeting, edited by Catherine Hobbs and Sylvia Paycha, 2007. Call # 510.82 Eu749e 2007.
  • Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem, produced and directed by George Paul Csicsery. 54:10 running time on DVD. Call # 510.92 R563j.
  • Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s, by Judy Green and Jeanne LaDuke, 2009. Call # 510.820973 G823p.
  • Winning Women Into Mathematics, edited by Patricia Clark Kenschaft and Sandra Zaroodny Keith, 1991. Call # 510.82 W731.
  • Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook, edited by Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell, 1987. Call # 510.922 W842 cop. 2
  • Women in Mathematics: Scaling the Heights, edited by Deborah Nolan, 1997. Call # 510.820973 W842.

Other Books Available in the Illinois Catalog:

  • Complexities: Women in Mathematics, edited by Bettye Anne Case and Anne M. Leggett, 2005. Call # 510.820973 C738.
  • Equivalence: Elizabeth L. Scott at Berkeley, by Amanda L. Golbeck, 2017. Call # 510.92
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly, 2016. Call # 510.92520973 L515h.
  • In Service To Mathematics: The Life And Work Of Mina Rees, by Amy Shell-Gellasch, 2011. Call # 510.92 R259s.
  • Julia: A Life in Mathematics, by Constance Reid, 1996. Call # 510.92 R556j.
  • Women Becoming Mathematicians: Creating a Professional Identity in Post-World War II America, by Margaret A.M. Murray, 2000. Call # 510.820973 M965w

Notable Groups/Events on Campus for Female Mathematicians:

  • Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), which “[encourages] women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and [promotes] equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences”.
  • Sonia Math Day, a yearly event ran by the AWM for girls in grades 8 through 12 to explore math in a fun, hands-on environment. The day is named after Sofia Kovalevskaya, a Russian mathematician who was the first woman to receive a doctorate in math and made significant progress in the field of partial differential equations.
  • Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) is an on-campus residence for undergraduate female students at Illinois to live with fellow women scientists and engineers in an academically supportive dormitory space.

Further Reading: Biographies of Women Mathematicians | ICM Emmy Noether Lecture (honoring women who have contributed greatly to math) | 11 Amazing Women in Mathematics History


A special thanks to Sarah Hayes, Grainger Engineering Library Graduate Assistant, for creating this Mathematics Library exhibit.

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