Guide for Women in Mathematics: History, Scholarships, and Career Potential
History of Women in Mathematics
Hypatia of Alexandria: One of the First Female Mathematicians
Famous Women in Math
Women of Color in Mathematics
Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890-1980)
Dorothy Vaughan (1910-2008)
Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)
Mary Jackson (1921-2005)
Kate Okikiolu (born 1965)
Scholarships for Women in Math
- American Association of University Women fellowships. AAUW offers American fellowships, career development grants, community development grants, and international fellowships to qualified women in various fields. The organization offers research publication grants in engineering, medicine, and science in the amounts of $10,000-$35,000.
- Association for Women in Mathematics prizes. The AWM offers undergraduate and graduate students a number of prizes based on academic achievement in research, dissertation presentation, and more.
- Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars. The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars, a $50,000 award, was created by the Birmans to encourage midcareer women researchers in their work.L’Oreal USA for Women in Science fellowship. French cosmetics company L’Oreal, working with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, awards $60,000 annually to five postdoctoral scientists who are involved in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Increase of Women in Math and Science Careers
- Market research analyst. A market research analyst studies market conditions to determine when to sell products and services. The BLS estimates that this position will experience 20% growth from 2018 to 2028, with an additional 139,200 new jobs. The median annual pay was $63,790 in 2019.
- Actuary. An actuary uses mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to analyze risk and uncertainty. This position is expected to grow by 20% from 2018 to 2028. The median annual pay was $108,350 in 2019.
- Mathematician and statistician. People in these positions analyze data and apply math and statistical techniques to solve problems. These jobs are estimated to grow by 30% from 2018 to 2028. The median annual pay was $92,030 in 2019.
- Operations research analyst. An operations research analyst employs mathematical and analytical methods to solve complex issues. This position is estimated to grow by 26% from 2018 to 2028. The median annual pay was $84,810 in 2019.
Resources for Women Looking for a Career in Mathematics
- Association for Women in Mathematics: Careers
- American Mathematical Society: Employment Services
- Mathematical Association of America: Career Resource Center
- National Science Foundation: Resources for Gender Equity in STEM Careers
- Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History: Resources for Women in Mathematics