This is a poster advertising an event for Brigham Young University’s Women in Math club.
Notice anything weird about it?
Okay, here's a riddle for you: How many women does it take to form a 'women in math' panel.
Twitter user @stephdriggs uploaded a picture of the poster alongside the caption "...is this satire?"
By Friday morning, it had been retweeted over 18,000 times. Needless to say, many people were upset, and not even the promise of treats could fix things:
The Provo school, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted an official apology to the BYU Math Facebook page after the poster went viral:
But not everyone was buying it. Facebook user Kathleen Eliot made this edit to the poster, and put it in the comments section of the post:
Jennifer Ball wrote, "The issue isn't the poster. The issue is that the speakers for a "Women in Math" event are male."
"Diversity is an asset. Not only in gender but also RACE, different economic backgrounds religions, cultures etc. We should all actively and passionately advocate for diversity," added Camila Jrdn. "If I am white, which I am, and I am in a room only with white people, there might be something 'strange' going on."
Bryn Balls-Barker, a female math student at the university, also stepped forward in the comments section and took responsibility for the poster and explained her choices in making it:
I made the poster. I am a female math student and I feel very supported by my male and female professors. I am also a huge advocate for women in stem. The purpose of this event is to expose young (female though males are also invited) math majors to fields of research in higher mathematics. I asked four professors if they would come talk about our research. I chose to ask professors that weren't already affiliated directly with the club so that members of the club would have more opportunity to meet other faculty members. I'm sorry for any offense that was caused, this was in no way meant to be satirical or to make any kind of statement. The purpose was simply to help women in math be exposed to cool math.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the BYU Women in Math club is a female-led club that meets monthly, and this event was advertised as "an opportunity for members to learn about research in data science, topology, number theory and dynamical systems."
And after all the controversy, it turns out that the panel was actually a success. Twitter user @stephdriggs, the woman who posted the picture of the poster in the first place, attended the meeting and updated her followers on how it went: