Women and Diversity in Mathematics

The London Mathematical Society is committed to actively addressing issues related to gender and broader diversity in mathematics.  It is concerned about the loss of women from mathematics, particularly at the higher levels of research and teaching, and at the disadvantages and missed opportunities that this represents for the advancement of mathematics. The Council Statement on Women in Mathematics recognises the need to give active consideration to ensuring that men and women are treated equally in their prospects, recognition and progression.

In 2020 the LMS Women in Mathematics (WiM) Committee expanded its remit from a focus on gender inequalities in mathematics to allow it to take a much broader look at other aspects of diversity within the mathematical community. The committee was renamed the Committee for Women and Diversity in Mathematics (CWDM) to reflect its wider mission. Read more about the CWDM remit here.

In 2016, CWDM was awarded the Royal Society's inaugural Athena Prize.

Join the UK Women in Mathematics Linked In Group to connect with other UK women working in mathematics or using mathematics in industry.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine

The LMS Committee for Women and Diversity in Mathematics notes with great concern the ongoing military aggression in Ukraine and its immediate-, middle- and long-term devastating impact on millions of innocent people. Among them are many women mathematicians and their families.

In March 2022 the Society’s President, Professor Ulrike Tillmann, made a statement deploring the invasion of Ukraine by Russian government forces. Since then, the Society has launched several strands of work in its areas of activity to respond to these devastating developments.

The Society actively supports members of the mathematical community who are seeking refuge in the United Kingdom as a result of the invasion, and our Committee encourages mathematicians and in particular women mathematicians to get in touch via membership@lms.ac.uk. Information and further details, including on the grants available and how to apply for them, can be found here.