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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Women Mathematicians in Their Own Words | Roots of Unity - Scientific American

Photo: Evelyn Lamb
Evelyn Lamb, Freelance math and science writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah observes, The Journeys of Women in Mathematics documentary diversifies the stories we tell about women in math.

Mathematicians Carolina Araujo, Neela Nataraj and Aminatou Pecha Nijahouo were featured in the Journeys of Women in Mathematics documentary
Photo: International Mathematical Union

Journeys of Women in Mathematics Full Length Version 

In July, Rio de Janeiro hosted the first World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, or (WM)2, as a satellite conference to the International Congress of Mathematicians. As part of the event, they screened the first part of a short documentary called Journeys of Women in Mathematics. The full version is embedded below.

The film, about 20 minutes in its finished length, starts with profiles of three women in mathematics. Neela Nataraj is the chair of the mathematics department at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Aminatou Pecha Nijahouo is a researcher in pairing-based cryptography at Maroua University in Yaounde, Cameroon. Carolina Araujo is a mathematician at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All three talk about their paths in  mathematics and the challenges they faced as women in their fields. After profiling Nataraj, Nijahouo, and Araujo, the film goes to (WM)2 to talk to women mathematicians from Latin America about their work and their hopes for the future of women in the discipline...

Watch and listen to the stories of these remarkable women in mathematics. And then think about how to move beyond stories.
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Source: Scientific American and World Women in Mathematics Channel (YouTube)