Uhlenbeck is recognized "for her groundbreaking and profound contributions to modern geometric analysis; for establishing a career as one of the greatest mathematicians of our time, despite the considerable challenges facing women when she entered the field; for using her experiences navigating these challenges to create and sustain programs to address them for future generations of women. For a lifetime of breaking barriers; and for being the first woman to win the Abel Prize."
Uhlenbeck is a cofounder, with Chuu-Lian Terng, of the Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study. In 2019, that program was conferred the Award for Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference by the American Mathematical Society.
Read more at the Association for Women in Mathematics.