Women in Geometry (15w5135)
Ailana Fraser (University of British Columbia)
Catherine Searle (Wichita State University)
Elizabeth Stanhope (Lewis and Clark College)
The overarching goal of WIG is to increase the strength and visibility of the community of women geometers. Participants will be strengthened on the individual level by building background knowledge on a new problem, having the opportunity to broaden their research programs, and, in some cases, being provided with a re-entry point after being sidetracked by any or all of family duties, high service loads or high teaching loads. The community of women geometers will be strengthened by WIG's supportive research community, mentorship of women just beginning or at the middle of their research careers, and the new collaborative links forged between women geometers working within and between areas of specialization. It is important to note that the areas of geometry featured in the WIG program are interrelated, so the potential for cross-area collaboration is high. The visibility of the community of women geometers will be increased by highlighting the work of established female leaders in geometry, by bringing attention to the work of outstanding new women geometers, and, very simply, by having this many women together to do geometry research.
This workshop is both important and timely for the following reasons: the underrepresentation of women in the mathematics faculty of Ph.D. granting universities, the relative underrepresentation of women in Geometry/Topology and the low visibility of women at Geometry conferences. For example, in the last fifteen years roughly 30% of all mathematics Ph.D.s in the United States have been awarded to women, with only 20% of these degrees awarded in Geometry/Topology to women. Despite this, the percentage of tenure-track and tenured female math faculty members at Ph.D. granting institutions in the U.S. is only 11%. (Statistics from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences publications as well as the Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences.)