Inspire Math-Girls-Women (perhaps with poems)

Jo Anne Growney
Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2015)
Pages 463–466 Short Papers


Many poems have been written to honor famous people. Occasionally the subject of such a poem is a mathematician and a few of these mathematicians are women. Sometimes poems are written about the experiences of learning mathematics — and once in a while these poems offer a positive view of these experiences and on rare occasion such poems feature girls. This paper selects and presents an array of stanzas that focus on math girls and math women. My hope, as author, is to start a dialogue and a chain of activity that expands opportunities and recognition for math-girls. In this article you find my voice; I hope what I say will encourage other girls and women to use their voices toward the same ends — and possibly with poems.