The first math-woman that inspired me was Laura Church; the first famous math-woman (someone with a theorem named after her) whom I came to admire -- and write a poem about -- was Emmy Noether (1882-1935). As a recent film featuring NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, points out, math-women are:
women no one
changing the world.
Other living mathematicians who deserve to be more well-known include:Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford who in 2014 won the prestigious Fields Medal for her work related to the symmetry of curved surfaces.
Moon Duchin, a Tufts University professor who is using geometry to fight gerrymandering.
Cathy O'Neill, a data scientist (and blogger at mathbabe.org) whose recent book Weapons of Math Destruction helps readers to understand the roles (and threats) of big data in our society.
TODAY is the International Women's Day!
Celebrate the day by getting to know some math-women. Try for ten. Learn their names, read their bios. Here are two websites that can help: