An Iranian female mathematician has become the first woman to get am award that is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Maths.
Maryam Mirzakhani is a professor at Stanford University who was recognized for “her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.” God knows what that is, but this is a massive achievement not only for Mirzakhani but for women in general. If we keep seeing amazing, intelligent and achieving women then it will inspire more and more young girls to start taking an interest in maths, physics, chemistry, engineering and all the more male-dominated scientific and mathematic fields.
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After visiting the Hadron Collider in June, I found myself questioning why more women aren’t involved in leading research in mathematics and science. It definitely isn’t because we’re not capable of doing so, so what is it then?
Perhaps it is because of the lack of female role models who have achieved significant things in these fields. Of course there is Marie Curie and Maryam Mirzakhani to aspire to, but there are not a large pool of other female scientists to use as role models. Maybe we just haven’t been taught enough about women in science throughout the years.
What do you think?