## Department Colloquium

### Friday, September 13th, 2019

**Time:** 2:30 p.m. **Place:** Jeffery Hall 127

**Speaker:** Sarah Mayes-Tang (University of Toronto)

**Title:** Why We Share Our Stories: Identity, Participation, and Celebration of Women in Math.

**Abstract: ** Despite remarkable contributions by women mathematicians, the participation and recognition of women in mathematics remains unacceptably low. Women are usually excluded from the popular images of mathematicians, and the number of women in our academic departments lags behind most other STEM disciplines. How can we transform mathematics into a field where women are accepted, valued, and visible? In this talk, I will argue that mathematical stories shape participation in mathematics and I will advocate for the value of celebrating stories of women mathematicians, amplifying stories of girls and women doing mathematics, and sharing our own stories.

**Professor Sarah Mayes-Tang** is a Queen's alumni, she then got her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and worked at Quest University before moving to the University of Toronto in 2017. Her research interests are in commutative algebra and in Mathematics education.