Mathematics and Gender: Some Cross-Cultural Observations

  • Ann Hibner Koblitz
Part of the CMS Books in Mathematics book series (CMSBM)


My goal here clearly has not been the presentation of a definitive account or a polished treatise. It was my intention to throw out food for thought, to illustrate some of the curiosities and ironies inherent in women’s position in mathematics historically and across cultures. The interactions of gender and culture are never simple or straightforward. The history of women in mathematics has not been some Whiggish triumphal passage from darkness into light, but neither has it been a chronicle exclusively of discrimination and marginalization. The history and present status of women in mathematics are complicated, and often the picture has elements of contradiction. One conclusion seems obvious, however. The complex and multifaceted interactions of gender and mathematics can be understood only if one takes into account historical and cross-cultural perspectives.


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  • Ann Hibner Koblitz
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  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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