Years ago -- when I was the only woman in the Bloomsburg University mathematics department -- I wrote a poem, "My Dance is Mathematics," about the mathematician Emmy Noether -- and it contained the following lines:
If a woman's dance is mathematics,
She dances alone.
But things are changing! Founded in 1971, AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) has been actively celebrating the lives of female mathematicians -- and one of AWM's current and far-reaching activities is a STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST for which students -- in middle-school, high-school, and college categories -- are invited to interview a female mathematician and write about her. The essay-submission period is December 1, 2023 - February 1, 2024. Questions may be directed to AWM Essay Contest Organizer, Dr. Johanna Franklin (firstname.lastname@example.org).