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Pêdra Andrade

Pêdra Andrade

The challenges inspire me and arise my curiosity. This is the feeling that moves me to overcome the difficulties that appear to me as a mathematician…
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Maurine Atieno Songa

Maurine Atieno Songa

A narrative was pushed that mathematics was meant for boys, and that girls who loved it were to be feared. But the love, passion, and the escape that mathematics provided, together with the pressure and encouragement from the teachers, was enough to help me push through…
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Karrie Liu

Karrie Liu

With skill-based volunteering I lead tech and maths projects engaging with the public and different charity organisations…
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Susan Okereke

Susan Okereke

Maths is so much more than the final correct answer, it is about seeing patterns, making connections and solving problems, which is an emotional and collaborative process and can be a lot of fun…
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Claudia Garetto

Claudia Garetto

It has been extremely important for me to see women do the job I am doing now. Unfortunately [it is] still common to have almost no women professors in many maths departments…
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Shanti Venetiaan

Shanti Venetiaan

One of the main difficulties we are facing is the lack of expertise: I am the only person with a PhD in mathematics in the country…
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Evi Papadaki

Evi Papadaki

For me mathematics [..] was a process of discovery inside and outside of the classroom and I wanted to study if there was a way to spark the curiosity of my students beyond the boundaries of a curriculum or programme of study…
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Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas

A new community spirit seems to be rising in many mathematics departments, heavily influenced by the experience and hard work of the female researchers already there…
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Laura Venieri

Laura Venieri

The years of PhD were both the most rewarding and challenging in my life so far: there were moments of discomfort when I thought I was not good enough for it and not as brilliant as the other researchers, and moments of deep satisfaction when I realised that I could instead contribute to maths…
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Federica Semeraro

Federica Semeraro

The aspect that caught my attention was that you could develop the software, test it on the specific machine it is designed for during the commissioning phase in the factory, and then travel to the customers’ company for installation, thus being part of the entire development and installation process…
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Constanza Rojas-Molina

Constanza Rojas-Molina

Academia is tough, it’s elitist, it’s traditionalist, it’s conservative, it’s a lonely place and can lead to a lot of frustration when one does not entirely fit…
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Karem Guzmán Elgueta

Karem Guzmán Elgueta

I decided to go back to university to pursue a Master’s degree in statistics! I was fascinated by the subjects associated with models and their theories, so today I am a lover of statistics…
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Sanchita Chakraborty

Sanchita Chakraborty

The world had long moved away from the old man in the candle-lit room, but the representation of women in the field was grossly underdeveloped. I had role-models such as Katherine Johnson to look up to, but she remained merely a model, not an individual I could tangibly connect to…
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Elena Tartaglia

Elena Tartaglia

I love that even after this career change, I can still use my mathematical thinking to break problems down into their essential ingredients and solve them step by step…
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Marina Murillo

Marina Murillo

Now, at 33, I am happy to have the opportunity to do what I love, to teach and research, while enjoying a decent salary and the desired stability…
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Dr Ems Lord

Dr Ems Lord

Today, my love of maths means that I get to work in one of the world’s finest maths departments at the University of Cambridge, helping to support school teachers to inspire future mathematicians and researching ways to increase diversity in my chosen subject as the Director of NRICH – a project which had inspired my classroom teaching…
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Maha Kaouri

Maha Kaouri

The advice that I would give to a woman who is looking to pursue a career in mathematics is to persevere…
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F. Ayça Çetinkaya

F. Ayça Çetinkaya

I feel like I’ve got more to offer as a mathematician and I am really passionate about learning more…
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Angela Tabiri

Angela Tabiri

It is important to be intentional about creating opportunities for women in mathematics…
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Pamela  Estephania Harris

Pamela Estephania Harris

I even dropped out of my calculus class just so that I could have more time to do art. I do not regret that choice, even though going a year without math courses hurt my mathematical skills…
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