The SMT has a pretty substantial gender imbalance. A few years ago it feel from 30% women to something like 28%, and it hasn't really picked up. Despite efforts of the Committee for the Status of Women (CSW) to address this, women seem to have a problem getting into the field in the first place, and then they often leave after obtaining a masters, or before entering the job market with their PhDs.
Obviously the CSW hasn't been to the University of Western Ontario. All the girls here are in our theory program. In the degree right now there are (I think) 11 women and 3 men. It's completely unlike any other department I've ever come across.
This guy, Derek, did his masters at UWO and now he's getting a PhD at CUNY. I think he spent his Western days surrounded by girls.
This is Gretta. It was her birthday on Halloween, so her classmates brought her a piece of chocolate cake during the UWO reception.
This is Gretta and Nancy, who did her masters at UWO and is doing a PhD at University of British Columbia. Thanks to Nancy I finally know of a place to get my hair cut in London.
On Friday night there we went out to a bar called St. Elizabeth's Pub. On Saturday, we went to the school reception and then the informal "after-party," where we had long, profound discussions about such things as whether or not most girls look good in leggings, and whether or not the subconscious exists.
After a night like the first one where we stayed out late at St. Elizabeth's, Little Emilie (the shortest of the three and also youngest) and I went to Eggspectations for breakfast.
I had a crepe with poached eggs, ham, and Gruyere. Also, their potatoes were perfect.
The hollandaise on the side was how I rationalized this food.