**History of Mathematics**

Volume: 34;
2009;
345 pp;
Hardcover

MSC: Primary 01;
**Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-4376-5
Product Code: HMATH/34**

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# Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s

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*Judy Green; Jeanne LaDuke*

A co-publication of the AMS and the London Mathematical Society

More than 14 percent of the PhD's awarded in the United States during
the first four decades of the twentieth century went to women, a
proportion not achieved again until the 1980s. This book is the
result of a study in which the authors identified all of the American
women who earned PhD's in mathematics before 1940, and collected
extensive biographical and bibliographical information about each of
them. By reconstructing as complete a picture as possible of this
group of women, Green and LaDuke reveal insights into the larger
scientific and cultural communities in which they lived and worked.

The book contains an extended introductory essay, as well as
biographical entries for each of the 228 women in the study. The
authors examine family backgrounds, education, careers, and other
professional activities. They show that there were many more women
earning PhD's in mathematics before 1940 than is commonly thought.
Extended biographies and bibliographical information are available
from the companion website for the book:
www.ams.org/publications/authors/books/postpub/hmath-34.

The material will be of interest to researchers, teachers, and
students in mathematics, history of mathematics, history of science,
women's studies, and sociology. The data presented about each of the
228 individual members of the group will support additional study and
analysis by scholars in a large number of disciplines.

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## Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's

#### Readership

Undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in the history of mathematics; women and mathematics.

#### Reviews

What a service Judy Greene and Jeanne LaDuke have done the mathematics community! Approximately thirty years of research have produced a detailed picture of graduate mathematics for women in the United States before 1940. ... The book is well-organized and well-written, and I recommend it heartily to all.

-- AWM Newsletter

...there is beauty in this book's
structural simplicity. There is no doubt that [this book] is invaluable as an
archive for future analysis. The book opens with an interesting and lucidly
written 'essay' (which, at eight chapters and over one hundred pages, has more
in common with a dissertation) that highlights trends in the biographical data.
... Each of the book's biographical entries fascinates. ... With *
Pioneering Women in Mathematics* and its accompanying website, Green and
LaDuke provide a wealth of data to counter the effects of erasure that so often
accompany women's lives.

-- BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics

This book is an excellent resource for information in this area.