This isn't something that sits comfortably with many scientists: science, they argue, is science, and trying to make it politically correct will only impede its progress. Some educators fret that teaching mathematics using an ethnomathematical approach reduces it to a social-studies subject that teaches students little about 'real' mathematics.

Others simply ridicule the whole notion: according to one disparaging journalist, 'Unless you wish to balance your checkbook the ancient Navajo way, it's probably safe to ignore the whole thing.'

But there are also many scientists, educators and commentators who see ethnomathematics - in all its definitions - as a legitimate discipline with plenty to offer the modern world.

Links for Women in Mathematics

Agnes Scott
Biographies

Canadian Mathematical Society

Women in Math Project

Ethnomathematics on the Web

Mathematicians of the African Diaspora

Ethnomathematics on the Web [includes African, Asian, Afrian American,
Euro-American, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American and
Pacific Islander as well as sites listed by social categories]

Some additional sites:

First African-American woman PhD in mathematics?

NCCTM
Columns:
Incorporating the Mathematical Achievements of Women and Minorities into
Schools