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Response from the AWM Community

posted Dec 29, 2010, 3:45 PM by AWM Web Editor   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 1:55 PM ]

Carolyn Gordon, AWM president 2002-2004, letter to the New York Times, Friday, January 28, 2005.

To the Editor:

Regarding Lawrence H. Summers's remarks on the underrepresentation of women in
mathematics and science, the real news is that despite cultural barriers, women
are entering these fields in greater and greater numbers.

About a third of all United States citizens who have received Ph.D.'s in
mathematics recently are women. About half of all undergraduate mathematics
degrees in the United States go to women.

Yes, there is still a shortage of women on the mathematics and sciences
faculties of many American universities, including Harvard. So universities
should hire more of these excellent women and then treat them as if they value

We call on Lawrence Summers, as well as the leaders of all educational
institutions, to take positive action to encourage the influx of women and
minorities into mathematics, science and engineering.

Carolyn Gordon Hanover, N.H., Jan. 22, 2005

The writer, a professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College, is president of
the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Here is a link to the page at the New York Times. Dr. Gordon's letter is the second on the page.
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