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Prof's work on women in science featured in Smithsonian

By: Catherine Gorey,  Smithsonian Magazine
September 18, 2019

Margaret Rossiter, the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History of Science Emerita and graduate school professor, was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine discussing her 2012 book, "Women Scientists in America: Forging a New World Since 1972."

In the interview, she discusses her firsthand experience of a lack of women's representation in science. Since then, she has dedicated years of academic research to analyzing the systemic discouragement women face when expressing an interest in science. 

“It is important to note early that women’s historically subordinate ‘place,’ in science (and thus their invisibility to even experienced historians of science) was not a coincidence and was not due to any lack of merit on their part,” Rossiter wrote at the outset in the first volume. “It was due to the camouflage intentionally placed over their presence in science.”

Read the full article on the Smithsonian Magazine's website.