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Association for Women in Mathematics

Founded in honor of Sofia Kovalevskaya

Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850-1891) pursued mathematics in a world that was unaccustomed or accepting of women. Sofia was the first women to earn a PhD in mathematics despite the fact that women were not allowed to pursue higher education. She was known as the greatest mathematician prior to the 20th century.

SK day will be held Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at Temple University

The goal of the SK Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women to continue their study in mathematics. We will also be discussing how to transition between middle and high school math and high school math and college math.


Teachers and students are encouraged to attend this informative, hands-on day!

"It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. Say what you know, do what you must, come what may."

Frequently asked Questions:

Q: What else was Sofia Kovalevskaya known for?

A: Kovalevskaya was responsible for the contribution to analysis, partial differential equations, and mechanics. She also won a prestigious award known as the Prix Bordin for her contribution to the understanding of how Saturn's rings rotated.


Q: How did Sofia acquire a passion in mathematics?

A: Her first encounter with calculus was old school notes that the family used as wallpaper in the nursery. Sofia taught herself but was also provided tutors that helped her excel in her education.


Q: Did Sofia do anything else except math?

A: Sofia was also a writer and advocate of women's rights. She was a publisher of political and scientific works.