Women in Math Issues
by Ramit Mehr
Here are some extracts from the AWM-Net digest that might interest the women
(and hopefully men, too!!!) among us. Please contact the AWM (Association of
Women in Math, linked from the SMB web page) for more details.
- Canadian project
on women in science and engineering
- Is there bias for or against women in academia?
Perdita Stevens is
maintaining a webpage with this title. It has several interesting
references, but the newest being a study on how differently the same CV was
evaluated when it was attached to a male name or a female name.
- AWIS site has a new look
- Highlighted Web Site: Report from European Commission.
This site contains a report from the European Commission on Women and
Science. One interesting fact: In 1994-95, only about 26% of students in
higher education in math and computer science were women. The outlying
countries were Italy and Portugal, where the percentage approached 50%, and
Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where it was about 10%. A similar situation
exists with the percentage of female professors. Chapter 4, on "Fairness and
Funding," describes studies documenting discrimination in postdoctoral
appointments and peer review of grants.