Harvard Science Book Talk: Rita Colwell, "A Lab of One's Own: One Woman's Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science"


Friday, September 4, 2020, 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Online: Harvard Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store

Rita Colwell, a pioneering microbiologist and the first woman to lead the National Science Foundation, will talk about her new book, A Lab of One's Own: One Woman's Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science. The book is a memoir-manifesto about the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system.

If you think sexism thrives only on Wall Street or in Hollywood, you haven’t visited a lab, a science department, a research foundation, or a biotech firm. A Lab of One’s Own documents all Colwell has seen and heard over her six decades in science, from sexual harassment in the lab to obscure systems blocking women from leading professional organizations or publishing their work. Along the way, she encounters other women pushing back against the status quo, including a group at MIT who revolt when they discover their labs are a fraction of the size of their male colleagues’.

Learn more and register here: https://science.fas.harvard.edu/event/harvard-science-book-talk-rita-colwell-lab-ones-own-one-womans-personal 

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