This year’s Pi Day is particularly special because not only is it 3.14, but it’s 3.1415. This only happens once every century! We say that’s all the more reason to celebrate brilliant female mathematicians that are contributing solutions to global challenges.
Around the world, women only represent 30% of researchers, but these four women are making a name for themselves and encouraging more girls to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM fields), particularly in Africa. They all participated in a program called AIMS—the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences—that recruits students from across the continent to participate in a postgrad program taught by international professors. AIMS is building mathematical momentum so the next Einstein might very well be from Africa, and she’ll be a brilliant woman.