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Women's History Month

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is celebrating Women's History Month!  Here are some places you can learn more about women in the mathematical sciences and STEM.

Movies, Videos, Books, and Websites

  • Video:  Faces of Women in Mathematics.  In February 2018, women mathematicians from all over the world responded to a call for clips in which they were asked to introduce themselves. The result includes 146 clips of 243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries and speaking 31 different languages. Supported by the Committee for Women in Mathematics of the International Mathematical Union.
  • WomenDoMath is an easy-access platform supported by the National Science Foundation that brings you news and resources about women and other groups or individuals in mathematics that accurately represent the diversity of the math community.  WDM aims to provide a central hub and resources pool within reach for women in mathematics.
  • Video and Seminar Series:  Women on Mathematical Paths (WoMathPaths):  Communicating Employment Opportunities for Women in Math hosted by the Association for Women in Mathematics
  • A great movie to watch that features women in math and women in STEM history is Hidden Figures (based on this book), and some of the math they show in that movie directly relates to topics in Calculus 1 (Euler’s Method in particular) and Calculus 2 (parametric/polar equations). You can read the original technical report that is a plot point in the movie here:
  • Picture a Scientist is a 2020 documentary highlighting gender inequality in science. The movie tells the stories of several prominent female researchers, and brings to light the barriers they encountered, including cases of discrimination and harassment.  Watch it for free here.
  • Talithia Williams is the author of the 2018 book, “Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics.”
  • Biographies of Women Mathematicians is a website that illustrates the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics. 
  • Notable Women in Math Playing Cards: EvenQuads card decks honor notable women mathematicians and can be used to play many mathematical games.
  • Her Maths Story.  "By sharing stories of other women in mathematics we want to encourage you and pass on the support we have received from role models, among others, at different moments in our lives.  Here you can find stories about women pursuing their careers in mathematical jobs to show you the endless possibilities of maths."
  • Check out EMU’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC)!  The Women's Resource Center is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diverse representations of women on campus, encouraging and supporting their personal growth, academic enrichment and professional development, offering advocacy and referral services, and providing educational programming and resources to help women reach their full potential.


  • The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).  The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to create a community in which women and girls can thrive in their mathematical endeavors, and to promote equitable opportunity and treatment of women and others of marginalized genders and gender identities across the mathematical sciences.  The AWM works toward a more nurturing culture for women in the mathematical sciences.
  • The Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) was formed for the education, employment and advancement of women in statistics through advocacy, providing resources and learning opportunities, increasing visibility, and promoting research that impacts women statisticians.
  • Women in Data Science (WiDS) empowers women to reach their full potential in the field of data science.  Data Science and its related areas are critically reshaping our world, yet women are still significantly underrepresented (less than 20% of students and less than 10% of decision makers).  WiDS' mission is to change the field of data science by elevating and empowering women to achieve 30% representation in education, innovation and leadership by 2030.  Elevating participation of women is essential to reduce biases in data-driven decision making in education, healthcare, safety and security, and economic prosperity.
  • Women in Machine Learning works to increase awareness and appreciation of the achievements of women in machine learning.  Their programs help women build their technical confidence and their voice. 
  • The EMU Women's Association -- Apply for scholarships! 


Mission and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is to instill an appreciation of the intrinsic beauty, the diverse origins, and the practical aspects of mathematics and statistics.

To this end, the department:

  • provides students well-balanced academic programs at the baccalaureate and master's degree levels;
  • functions as a scholarly unit promoting faculty and student research; and
  • serves as a resource for mathematical expertise to the university and to the larger community.

More specifically, the department dedicates itself to:

  • providing the highest quality educational experience possible to undergraduate and graduate students within the majors and minors in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and to students enrolled in General Education Program courses and service courses for other programs;
  • fostering involvement in research by both students and faculty; and
  • providing meaningful service to the EMU academic community, to the disciplines of our faculty, to the broader mathematical and statistical community, and to the local and regional communities.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics supports the Diversity and Inclusion statement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

One of the responsibilities of a public university is to instantiate the ideals of equity, freedom, and justice, while cultivating a well-informed populace capable of critical thinking and creative innovation. In service to these principles, the EMU College of Arts and Sciences recognizes that it is only through fostering a diverse and affirming campus community that includes all students, instructors, staff, and faculty that these goals might be achieved.  In the interest of accomplishing these ends, the College shall endeavor, within each of its represented disciplines, to more fully account for the contributions or counter-narratives of previously neglected and marginalized groups, including but not limited to groups who differ by race and ethnicity, country of origin, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, and the intersection of these identities.

The Department of Mathematics supports the Black Lives Matter statement of the Michigan Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

The Michigan MAA supports Black Lives Matter and dismantling systems of racism and oppression. The Michigan MAA Statement on Black Lives affirms our support of the broader movement to end racial injustice and suggests ways that Michigan MAA members can foster justice and equity within their mathematical communities. This statement offers suggestions for making classrooms inclusive and equitable, learning about race and ethnicity in mathematics, and supporting organizations dedicated to racial justice and equity within the mathematics community.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Eastern Michigan University is a departmental/institutional member of the National Association of Mathematicians, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, and the American Mathematical Society.

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