Scientist Rita Colwell Reveals Sexism Bias in New Memoir

Scientist Rita Colwell
Scientist Rita Colwell reveals her personal battles with sexism in her new memoir
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by: Paige Anderson

Celebrated scientist and microbiologist Rita Colwell has a new book out that reveals her struggle against sexism in the sciences. Now 85 years old, Dr. Colwell is the former director of the National Science Foundation, a distinguished professor at the University of Maryland and John Hopkins University and is the leading source of a breakthrough in the study of cholera. She hopes that revealing her own struggle with sexism will inspire other women to push forward in the field of science.

The coronavirus pandemic has also kept Dr. Colwell very busy. She is working with Maryland’s department of health to measure traces of Covid-19 in the states wastewater – a practice that researchers are conducting around the world to track the pandemic’s spread and predict future outbreaks. “Science is still male dominated and a good deal of persistence is still required”, said Dr. Colwell. Her book “A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science” includes tips for how women can navigate implicit bias and get ahead.

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Paige Anderson is a Cleveland born published author on historical pictorialism. She co-authored the book "Waves of feminism" that beautifully documents the rise of women through photographs during the different phases of women's suffrage. She was a professor at the University of Cleveland where she taught photography and media studies and is now a self described "digital nomad". She enjoys sailing her 22 foot Capri sailboat on Lake Erie with friends, reading sci-fi fiction and roller-skating to disco music. "Vegan taco's and travel photography are the loves of my life."

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