Archive for February 2nd, 2008

How some things have changed

February 2, 2008

wwii_woman_worker.jpgI was recently looking up information about women and mathematics. In 2004, for example, women earned almost half the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and statistics, and 29% of the doctorates (from the Association of Women in Mathematics, summarizing the most recent statistics from the U.S. National Science Foundation). Another source of statistics is in the Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences, published in three parts each year. There are a number of ways to interpret this data, some positive and some negative. Click for more, including the 1943 article about hiring women that is the point of this post.