Timeline of women in mathematics in the United States

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There is a long history of women in mathematics in the United States. All women mentioned here are American unless otherwise noted.



19th Century

20th Century


  • 1970: Mina Rees became the first female president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [10]
  • 1971:
  • 1973: Jean Taylor published her dissertation on "Regularity of the Singular Set of Two-Dimensional Area-Minimizing Flat Chains Modulo 3 in R3" which solved a long-standing problem about length and smoothness of soap-film triple function curves. [14]
  • 1974: Joan Birman published the book Braids, Links, and Mapping Class Groups . It has become a standard introduction, with many of today's researchers having learned the subject through it. [15]
  • 1975–1977: Marjorie Rice, who had no formal training in mathematics beyond high school, discovered three new types of tessellating pentagons and more than sixty distinct tessellations by pentagons. [16]
  • 1975: Julia Robinson became the first female mathematician elected to the National Academy of Sciences. [17]
  • 1979:



21st Century

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