Here is a small square poem about a paradox that's been on my mind recently.
In school, many
gifted math girls.
Later, so few
famed math women!
At the AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) website is a link to an article entitled "Large Study Shows Females the Equals of Males in Math Skills." At the NPR website, an article by the ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, entitled "Where Are the Women?" echoes my own concerns about the invisibility of math women; Shepard criticizes NPR for calling on male "experts" far more often than female ones.
More food for thought comes from a cartoon by Randall Munroe, found at his website xkcd.com (A Webcomic of Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language).