Thanks to Debra Brewer for this link:

It reminded me of this one: As some of you pointed out, overemphasizing the contributions of underrepresented groups can be counterproductive. To make a huge deal out of Hypatia, or Emmy Noether, amounts to saying, "Gee! She was a woman! Isn't that remarkable!" That sends precisely the wrong message. Better to mention people in context, calmly, and honestly. At an appropriate place, a side remark about the obstacles historically faced by these groups is appropriate. (For example, recall my footnote about Rodrigues, who was both Jewish (in a century when that was a detriment, not an advantage) and (in a broad sense) Hispanic. In upper-level electromagnetism class I learned "Rodrigues's formula" for Legendre functions, but there was never a thought about whom it was named after.) Education's highest priority, especially at the university level, must be to the truth, not to any social agenda. One of the problems discussed in your essays is the slowness of history to be incorporated into mathematics courses; I suspect that one of the obstacles is that many rank-and-file math professors would rather discuss no history at all than to present what they perceive as a biased, politically ordained line that exaggerates the contributions of women and minorities.
Looking at the usual lists of women mathematicians, I think that
Hypatia is probably overemphasized and Sophie Germain underemphasized.
The problem with Hypatia is that she was primarily an assistant to her
father, Theon, and Theon himself does not have the greatest reputation
nowadays. (Heath thought that his editing of Euclid made the
*Elements* worse.)
A balanced appraisal is given by
M. A. B. Deakin,
"Hypatia and Her Mathematics",
*American Mathematical Monthly*
**101** (1994) 234-243.
Similarly, although they had serious mathematical careers, I doubt
that David Blackwell and Ernest Wilkins would be mentioned in histories
of mathematics today if they were not Black. (Of course, if they
had been able to get decent jobs in research-oriented institutions
right after they got their Ph.D.s, the story MIGHT have been different.)
On the other hand,
Kate Okikiolu is a very highly regarded research mathematician
of the present day. Unfortunately, her mathematics is SO good that it
is probably impossible to explain it to students below the graduate level.

Finally, we should always remember that most students, especially at lower levels, have no ambition to become research mathematicians. Whether Hypatia, or Blackwell, or Ahmes, belongs in the pantheon of "real mathematicians" is probably beside the point to them. "You CAN graduate from junior college and become a competent bookkeeper" is a more pertinent message than "Somebody who looked like you proved theorems."