The Historical Context of the Gender Gap in Mathematics

Barrow-Green, June (2019). The Historical Context of the Gender Gap in Mathematics. In: Araujo, Carolina; Benkart, Georgia; Praeger, Cheryl and Tanbay, Betül eds. World Women in Mathematics 2018 - Proceedings of the First World Meeting for Women in Mathematics (WM)2. Association for Women in Mathematics. Springer.



This chapter is based on the talk that I gave in August 2018 at the ICM in Rio de Janeiro at the panel on "The Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences from a Historical Perspective". It provides some examples of the challenges and prejudices faced by women mathematicians during last two hundred and fifty years. I make no claim for completeness but hope that the examples will help to shed light on some of the problems many women mathematicians still face today.

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