# 2023 Celebration of Women in Math

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**What is May 12?
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May 12 is a joyful opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The celebration takes place every year, all around the world. The goal of the day is to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody. See the May 12 organization page for events around the world: https://may12.womeninmaths.org/

**Why May 12?**

Since 2018, May 12th has been a day designated to celebrate women in Mathematics and was chosen in reference to the first woman Fields Medallist, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017).

**What is happening on May 12, 2023, in Lethbridge?**

This year, the May 12 event at the University of Lethbridge is centered around celebrating and supporting resilient mathematicians: due to their gender or the unrest in their country of origin, many mathematicians face challenges and this can impact their work. For instance, the past year has been most challenging for Ukranian and Iranian women, especially students.

Highlights of the day include:

__Twelve on the Twelfth__: Kristine Bauer

__Mathematics for Humanity__: Laleh Behjat

__Panel discussion__: Challenges for international mathematicians with Kristine Bauer, Laleh Behjat, Alia Hamieh, Habiba Kadiri

__Students talks__

Everyone, independent of their gender, is invited to join the discussion.

**Scientific, Distinguished Lecture**

**May 12, 2023**

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