Here are links to poems that introduce the lives of four math-women:
Sophie Germain (1776-1831)
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Amalie "Emmy" Noether (1882-1935)
Grace Murray Hopper (1906 - 1988)
And here is a poem about four influential teachers of mine; three of them math-people; three of them women.
Math Anxiety can be a hard topic for student or teacher to bring up -- but airing of views and healing might come from discussion. Poems to consider include:
"Barbie Says Math is Hard" by Kyoko Mori -- a portion is found here in "Girls and Mathematics," Audre Lorde's poem "Hanging Fire" tells of a girl overlooked for the Math Team, and my poem "Which Girl Am I?" also deals with concerns of mathy girls. There are many hurdles that girls-in-math face; this link leads to a collection of my recently-published syllable-square stanzas entitled "Give HER Your Support."
Rita Dove's poem, "Geometry" tells of the excitement of learning mathematics; here's its opening stanza:
I prove a theorem and the house expands:
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling,
the ceiling floats away with a sigh.
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