History

Since its founding in 1971 by a small but passionate group of women mathematicians, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has grown into the leading national society for women in the mathematical sciences, and is one of the 16 societies comprising the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. AWM’s programs not only support those who participate in them directly, but also help influence the mathematics culture more generally, so that young women entering the field today encounter an environment that is more nurturing than that of the 1970s and 1980s. AWM has played a critical role in increasing the presence and visibility of women in the mathematical sciences.

Select Articles about AWM

AWM Through the Decades: A Chronology of the First Fifty Years
* Janet L. Beery, Sarah J. Greenwald, and Cathy Kessel
This is the first chapter of the AWM Springer series book Fifty Years of Women in Mathematics (2022).
  • A Brief History of the Association for Women in Mathematics: The Presidents’ Perspectives, Lenore Blum, Notices of the American Mathematical Society Special Issue on Women in Mathematics, 38(7), Sept 1991, pp. 6 – 11. This article by former AWM President Lenore Blum chronicles the history of AWM, one of the most influential organizations for promoting women in mathematics. A technical report of a talk with this title presented at the 20th anniversary celebration of the AWM in January of 1991 is available here

This article was written by Mary Gray, the first president of AWM. You need a subscription to Springer Links to access the full article.

The first two authors of this article are Associate Editor and Editor, respectively, of the AWM Newsletter. You need a subscription to Springer Link to access the full article.

AWM Officers

A historical list of the AWM’s past and present board members, from 1971 to Present.

Mary W. Gray, 1971-1973
Alice Schafer Alice T. Schafer, 1973-1975
Lenore Blum, 1975-1978 Lenore Blum, 1975-1978
Judith Roitman, 1978-1981 Judith Roitman, 1978-1981
Bhama Srinivasan, 1981-1983 Bhama Srinivasan, 1981-1983
Photo of Linda P. Rothschild, 1983-1985 Linda P. Rothschild, 1983-1985
Linda Keen Linda Keen, 1985-1987
Rhonda J. Hughes headshot Rhonda J. Hughes, 1987-1989
Jill P. Mesirov, 1989-1991 Jill P. Mesirov, 1989-1991
Carol Wood, 1991-1993 Carol Wood, 1991-1993
Cora Sadosky, 1993-1995 Cora Sadosky, 1993-1995
Chuu-Lian Terng, 1995-1997
Professor Emerita Profile Image Sylvia M. Wiegand, 1997-1999
Jane E. Taylor at ICTP Trieste (2019) Jean E. Taylor, 1999-2001
Suzanne Lenhart, 2001-2003
Carolyn S. Gordon, Headshot, 2016 Carolyn Gordon, 2003-2005
Barbara Keyfitz, 2005-2007
from President's Report in the 2007 AWM Newsletter (Vol 37, Num 4) Cathy Kessel, 2007-2009
undefined Georgia Benkart, 2009-2011
Jill Pipher, 2011-2013
Ruth Charney, 2013-2015
Kristin Lauter, 2015-2017
Ami Radunskaya, 2017-2019
Ruth Haas, 2019-2021

Kathryn Leonard, 2021-2023
Talitha Washington, 2023-2025
Raegan Higgins, 2025-2027

Mary Gray, 1971-1975

Alice T. Schafer, 1975

Judith Roitman, 1975-1977

Anne Leggett, 1977-2024

Sarah Greenwald (Associate Newsletter Editor), 2011-2024

Dandrielle Lewis, 2024-present

Jenny Fuselier (Associate Newsletter Editor), 2024-present

Donna Beers 1979 – 1983

Lynnell Stern 1984 – 1986

Jenny Bagalivo, 1987 – 1991

Beth Ruskai, 1991

Donna Beers, 1991

Jenny Baglivo, 1991

Judy Green, 1992 – 1996

Kay Smith, 1996 – 1997

Amy Cohen, 1997 – 2001

Mary Ann Horn, 2001 – 2004

Rebecca Herb, 2004 – 2012

Ellen Kirkman, 2012 – 2020

Mary Shepherd 2020

Bettye Anne Case, 1984-2015

Kathryn Leonard, 2015-2018

Alina Bucur, 2018-2024

Laakeshia Legette Jones, 2024-Present

Martha Jaffe, 1991

Jenny Baglivo, 1992-1999

Sue Geller, 1999-2001

Renee Fister, 2001-2003

Maura Mast, 2003-2011

Rebecca Segal, 2011-2015

Janet Beery, 2015-2022

Alejandra Alvarado, 2022-present

The Web Editor became a member a the Executive Committee in 2003.  With the update of the Bylaws of the AWM in 2016 the Web Editor position was replaced by the Media Coordinator position. The Media Coordinates coordinates AWM’s presence on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.

Judy Walker

Tamara G. Kolda

Shunhui Zhu

Holly Gaff  ~2003 – 1/31/2012

Adriana Salerno, 2/1/15 – 1/31/17

Joanna Wares, 2/1/17 – 1/31/19

Marie Vitulli, 2/1/19 – 3/31/20

Denise Rangel Tracy 4/1/20 – 1/31/2024

Kimberly Ayers 2/1/2024 – Present

Lori Kenschaft, 1987 – 1988

Tracy O’Brien, 1988

Patricia Cross, 1988 – 1991

Jodi Beldotti, 1992 – 1993

Ginny Reinhart, 1993 – 1994

Joanna Wood Schot, 1994 – 1995

Carol A. Tascione, 1996 – 1997

Lesley Lee Francis, 1997

Jennifer Quinn,  2005 – 2007

Maeve McCarthy, 2008 – 2011

Magnhild Lien, 2012 – 2018

Karoline Pershell, 2018 – 2020

Darla Kremer 2020

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