I’ve talked about women in math a lot on this blog and maybe you think of me as someone who is aware of and resistant to sexism in our profession. But what if we look at some actual numbers?
My Ph.D. students: 2 out of 15 are women.
Coauthors, last 5 years: 2 out of 23 are women.
Letters posted on MathJobs, last 2 years: 3 out of 24 are women.
That is sobering. I’m hesitant about posting this, but I think it’s a good idea for senior people to look at their own numbers and get some sense of how much they’re actually doing to support early-career women in the profession.
Update: I removed the numbers for tenure/promotion letters. A correspondent pointed out that these, unlike the other items, are supposed to be confidential, and given the small numbers are at least partially de-anonymizable.