Inspired by a poster on Notable Women in Computing, EWM-NL collected ideas for a poster on Women in Mathematics. The material was prepared in 2021 by a joint Dutch and UK team comprising Silvy Hendriks, Houry Melkonian, and Maria Vlasiou, who conceived the project. The poster was designed by Jana Kleinberg.
Limited by space, but not by the plethora of talented mathematicians to choose from, the poster gives an impression of women mathematicians from ancient times until now. As is evident by the 2022 Fields Medals, our poster is already running behind the facts. Yet, we hope that it is informative and engaging!
You can freely download, print, and distribute the poster. Help us translate it into different languages. To do so, please email Maria Vlasiou to see if we are looking for volunteers for your language and further instructions. Email us if you need a higher resolution file. Typos may exist; please email Maria Vlasiou if you spot one. We continuously update the files, and we thus recommend to always download the latest version from here.
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Here are some impressions from around the world:
IMAGINARY Mathematics Exhibition, University of Klagenfurt (Austria), Gazeta de Matematica (Portugal), KTH University (Sweden), Ghent University (Belgium), CWI (the Netherlands), Bernoulli Institute (the Netherlands), ICMS (Edinburgh), University of Surrey (UK), Leiden University (the Netherlands), Heidelberg University (Germany), University of Zagreb (Croatia), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, University of Twente (the Netherlands), University of Prishtina (Kosovo), 1st General Lyceum in Pyrgos (Greece)
- Dutch (Translation: Clara Stegehuis. Edited by: Yuexu Celine Chen and Joost Gabriels. Language review: Geertje Hek)
- English (by Silvy Hendriks, Houry Melkonian, and Maria Vlasiou. Designed by: Jana Kleinberg)
- Albanian (by Rea Moutsoziai)
- Bulgarian (by Elena Gavrilova. Edited by: Cecilia Bartolini, Nicos Starreveld, and Maria Vlasiou)
- Catalan (by Mireia Martínez i Sellarès)
- Chinese – Mandarin (by the following students of the Shanghai United International School (Gubei Campus): Cathy Hu, Sophia Chen, Athena Li, Jessie Cao)
- Croatian (by Ivana Valentić, Anja Vrbaški, and Marija Prša)
- German (by Verena Menzel and Leoni Winschermann)
- Greek (by Nicos Starreveld)
- Hindi (by Bharti and Purva Joshi)
- Icelandic (by Kristín Bjarnadóttir and Reynir Axelsson. Edited by: Jon Reyr Johannesson)
- Italian (by Cecilia Bartolini, Diletta Martinelli, Marta Pieropan, and Dzemila Sero)
- Portuguese (Translation: Isadora Guimarães. Language review: Valeria de Paiva. Edited by: Christian Guimarães)
- Serbian (by Jelena Aleksić, Jelena Kerkez, and Dušanka Perišić)
- Slovak (Translated and edited by Daniela Velichová. Language review: Margareta V. Rebelos)
- Slovenian (Translation: Marjeta Kramar Fijavž, Neža Mramor Kosta, and Jasna Prezelj. Language review: Mojca Vilfan. Edited by: Tanja Labus)
- Spanish (Translation: Alejandra Herrera. Edited by: Mireia Martínez i Sellarès)
- Swedish (by Tyra Samenius and Sofia Tirabassi)
- Turkish (by Fulya Kula and Duygu Ören Vural)
Translations in progress
Afrikaans, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Macedonian, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukranian, Xhosa
Our colleagues in Slovenia have sent us the following message:
The math department at UL FMF financed the printing of 100 A2 copies of the poster. Having a daughter at high school, I have given her one for her (female) math teacher. As she returned home, she told me that the other (female) math teachers saw it and wanted to have their own in their classrooms, so I have sent some more. The same happened at other high schools I have approached. A colleague of mine who works with people from National Education Institute Slovenia has provided the employees with some of the posters and they were more than happy to post them.izr. prof. dr. Jasna Preselj, Ljubljana
From the various responses that I have received, it seems to me that perhaps the most important was, that women needed to have as we say ‘in black and white’ (means ‘printed’) the fact that there were and are clever and successful women and that knowing this and showing this to the public makes their own (professional as well as personal) position stronger.