Episode 17: A Day Can Make a Difference - Celebrating Women in Maths

For just over a week in May 2019, people from around Australia came together for a very special celebration to honour and celebrate women in the mathematical sciences.

The events were part of a worldwide celebration of women in maths centering around the May birthday of Maryam Marzakhani, the first woman to receive a fields medal, the top honour awarded in the mathematical sciences.

There were more than a dozen women in maths day celebrations around the country. ACEMS was proud to sponsor nine of the events at different universities.

Maybe the biggest event in Australia took part in South Australia.

In this episode, we talk to three of the women behind that big event, what they did, why it was so important, did anything come of it, and what’s ahead when it comes to the issue of gender equity.

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Poster display at the South Australia

Women in Maths Day Celebration


Dr Rachael Quill


Event organiser Kimberly Becker (pictured in center)


Prof Nalini Joshi giving keynote address


Prof Nalini Joshi, Dr Melissa Humphries & 

Adelaide Uni Vice Chancellor Peter Rathjen