The gender difference in the field of mathematics is hardly a secret. Both the field of study and career landscape are still dominated by men — which is why Ithaca College held its sixth annual Women in Math Day in February.
The virtual event invited students in grades seven through 12 and their families to hear from a panel of women with a range of careers in math. The panel included three IC alums — Jennifer Fleck ’92, Joan Mattle ’22 and Kimberly Newman ’19. Attendees were also given the opportunity to talk with current female math majors at Ithaca College to hear about their experiences studying math in college.
One current IC student was Martha Kemp-Neilson ’23, who shared that it’s important for younger girls who are interested in STEM fields to see women who study or work in those professions.
“It’s really important to bring awareness to women in STEM and hard math and sciences because a lot of the time we're deterred from the field because it's male dominated,” she said. “That’s why it's important to show that women are doing well in these fields and it's not as scary as it might seem.”
Kemp-Neilson also said she wishes there were events like the IC Women in Math Day that she could have attended when she was younger.