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What is the hardest part about being an African-Ameican woman and becoming a mathematician?

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I am asking this because I know it is very hard for an African-American woman to major in mathematics and work in this field. In addition, I am curious about how these mathematicians overcome the obstacles that they face.

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Shelley’s Answer

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I can't really answer this personally. However, I offer the following links that I hope will be useful.


This is a link to the Association for Women in Mathematics. There is a link for students and a link for careers with a lot of great information.

https://sites.google.com/site/awmmath/info/departments-institutes


Historical information: "Mathematicians of the African Diaspora."

http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/


More history:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_mathematicians


More history:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpID36hRhWE


Here is an article on encouraging black women to join mathematics.

https://www.theroot.com/how-can-we-raise-future-black-female-mathematicians-st-1791134182


Please join us in STEM. :)

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Jacob’s Answer

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To be quite frank as a minority scientist who has worked with quite a bit of women you should not expect things to be completely fair or for people to give you the same respect they give other students more privileged students from different levels of social stratification. That is still not a good reason to not do it though or to ever give up if that's what you desire for yourself. We need more women in mathematics and science.
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