Abstract / Synopsis
Despite all the stereotypes about them, mothers possess a skill set that makes them outstanding potential mathematicians. Most are organized, detail oriented, driven, determined, effective communicators; they are able to break down any concept or task into its principal components, and they can be logical and persuasive even when addressing the most formidable and unwilling audience. In short, no matter how messy, difficult, or tedious the task at hand, moms excel at getting the job done. This is my affirming story of how I left my engineering career to raise a family and returned to academia to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics.
Edie Stevens, "So, Your Mom Wants To Be A Mathematician," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 8 Issue 2 (July 2018), pages 208-217. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201802.23. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss2/23