Why So Few Women in Elite Mathematics? (Infographic)

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Women make up a paltry percentage of tenured math professors, and no female mathematician has ever won a Fields Medal. What’s up with that? 

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

If you sometimes look around at a tech gathering and realize you’re the only woman in the room, spare a thought for female tenured math professors. It’s even worse for them.

A pathetically small percentage of this group – something in the neighborhood of 10% — are women. And if someone organized a gathering of past Fields Medal winners (the Nobel of math), there wouldn’t be a single woman in the room.

Clearly, something is going on to stop women from reaching the highest levels of mathematics. What is it? That’s the question explored by a new infographic from OnlineColleges.com, which gathers research on whether it’s a question of nature or nurture, the role of stereotype threat and what can be done to close the gap, as well as highlighting some inspirational female mathematics. Check it out below.

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This infographic was originally published at OnlineColleges.com. Image courtesy: .A.A. via Flickr

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Jessica Stillman is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.