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The number of female mathematicians in the public eye is hard to count on one hand, though the work of one rising star could help solve this sexism conundrum. Lucy Rycroft-Smith is jumping for joy

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The future of women in mathematics: on the up, surely? A-level maths entries are reasonably balanced, now (as long as we don’t talk about A-level further maths – shhhh). Plus, it’s been a great year for the visibility of women’s voices and activism. We’ve pretty much solved sexism, right? And it stands to reason that women doing mathematics, as they progress through their careers, are getting a better deal. Sexism is on the wane, its line on the graph trending downwards as women’s confidence and expertise at calling it out trends correspondingly upwards. That point of intersection is no mere ...

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