Our math department may be smaller than many, but we have an active community of women pushing the boundaries of research on many fronts. Since 2000, the U. Hawaii math department has hired three female ten year track professors spanning control theory, number theory, and differential geometry. The women in our department have been getting together outside of the classroom semi regularly during the last year to support one another and talk story.
So far we’ve swapped stories over wine and cheese, Indian food, Thai food, and Crème brûlée. You don’t need a community of women to get through graduate school, but it certainly helps!