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Celebrating Women in Mathematics

Despite the Covid-19 crisis, many virtual events have been organized throughout May 2020.

Individual screenings of Secrets of the Surface took place in 131 countries worldwide!


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(updated version – february 2021)

The May12 initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics.

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What is it?

May 12th is a joyful opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The celebration takes place every year, all around the world. Why May 12th?

The goal of the day is to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody.

How does it work?

The May 12th initiative brings together virtual or local events celebrating women in mathematics which take place during the month of May. The main focus are initiatives coming from within academia.

Through this site, we hope to encourage and publicise this initiative worldwide. We will collect information about all the virtual and loval events to provide coordination and visibility, and also to acknowledge the tremendous work of their organizers. We also provide some ideas and material which may be helpful to those wishing to organise a virtual or local event.

Coordination of the May 12th initiative

The coordination group of the May 12th initiative includes representatives from the European Women in Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile and the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society.

Coordination group

The coordination group members are Nikita Agarwal (India), Carolina Araujo (Brazil), Mojgan Mahmoudi (Iran), Marie Francoise Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), Olga Paris-Romaskevich (France/Russia), Marie-Francoise Roy (France), Elisabetta Strickland (Italy), Petra B. Taylor (USA), Andrea Vera Gajardo (Chile).


The May 12 2020 website was funded by a grant from the International Mathematical Union Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM), as well as financial support from European Women in Mathematics and  the Association for Women in Mathematics