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Last month, more than 100 women gathered at the ICTP for the 8th General Meeting of European Women in Mathematics (EWM). Among the technical subjects discussed were symmetries, group theories and p-adic numbers. In addition, general and group sessions-as well as a video-focused on the plight of women in this largely male-dominated discipline. While women mathematicians continue to confront problems of isolation and serious roadblocks to promotion, not all the news is bad. Although the percentage of women mathematicians teaching in many northern European universities-including those in Austria and Germany-remains below 10 percent, the percentage of women mathematicians in many southern European universities-including those in Italy, Portugal and Spain-now ranges between 40 and 50 percent. The next meeting of the EWM will be held in 1999 in Germany.

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