The Playing cards project is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the AWM. The cards are a way to bring to the forefront many of the untold achievements of women in mathematics through the ages. The deck will be released at the 2021 Joint Mathematics Meetings (Washington DC) with pre-orders through Kickstarter. Major updates about the project will be posted on this website.
One side of each card will have information about a notable woman mathematician. The other sides will be used to play a 64-card mathematical game developed by AWM member Lauren Rose. The deck will come in a custom tuck box with an insert containing rules and background information. Sample cards will be posted here when available to show the design.
A comprehensive initial list of 1300 women has been compiled from the websites Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Lathisms, MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, Mathematically Gifted and Black, Black Women in Mathematics, the Women in Math Project and Wikipedia. Additional sources consulted include the following books: Power in Numbers by Talithia Williams, Women Who Count by Shelly M. Jones, Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s by Judy Green and Jeanne LaDuke, and Women of Mathematics A Bio-Bibliographic Sourcebook by Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell.
Do you know of a notable woman mathematician who is not on any of the listed websites/books? Then nominate her using the form.
The featured women will be selected with the help of a rubric and many volunteer referees. The rubric is organized around contributions (as applicable) to the following five categories: (1) research mathematics, (2) mathematics education, (3) mathematics in business, industry, and government, (4) establishing, cultivating and sustaining mathematical communities, and (5) increasing the participation of women and underrepresented groups. The cards will be a balanced representation across these 5 pillars that highlights the breadth and diversity of our community.
Questions or comments? Email the playing cards project management committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.