The exceptions : Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the fight for women in science / Kate Zernike.
"In 1999, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology admitted to discriminating against its most senior female scientists. It was a seismic cultural event--one that forced institutions across the nation to reckon with the bias faced by girls and women in STEM. The Exceptions is the story of the women on MIT's faculty who started it all, centered on the life and career of their unlikely leader: Nancy Hopkins, a noted molecular geneticist and cancer researcher and protégée of James Watson, the codiscoverer of the structure of DNA." -- from dust jacket.
- ISBN: 9781982131838
- ISBN: 1982131837
- Physical Description: xvi, 409 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2023.
- Copyright: ©2023
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Includes bibliographical references (page 371-392) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
An epiphany on Divinity Avenue -- The choice -- An immodest proposal -- At the feet of Harvard's great men -- Bungtown road -- "Women, please apply" -- The vow -- "We should distance all competitors" -- Our Millie -- The best home for a feminist -- Liberated lifestyles -- Kendall square -- "This slow and gentle robbery" -- "Fodder" -- Fun in middle age -- Three hundred square feet -- MIT Inc. -- Sixteen tenured women -- X and Y -- All for one or one for all -- "The greater part of the balance -- Epilogue -- The sixteen.
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- Baker & Taylor
"In 1999, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology admitted to discriminating against women on its faculty, forcing institutions across the country to confront a problem they had long ignored: the need for more women at the top levels of science. Written by the journalist who broke the story for The Boston Globe, The Exceptions is the untold story of how sixteen highly accomplished women on the MIT faculty came together to do the work that triggered the historic admission"--
- Baker & Taylor
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tells the powerful?â?and inspiring?â?story of Nancy Hopkins, a reluctant feminist who, in 1999, became the leader of 16 female scientists who forced MIT to publicly admit it had been discriminating against its female faculty for years. Illustrations.
- Simon and Schuster
From the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning journalist who broke the story, the inspiring account of the sixteen female scientists who forced MIT to publicly admit it had been discriminating against its female faculty for yearsâsparking a nationwide reckoning with the pervasive sexism in science.
âExcellent and infuriating.â âBonnie Garmus (author of Lessons in Chemistry) for The New York Times
In 1999, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology admitted to discriminating against women on its faculty, forcing institutions across the country to confront a problem they had long ignored: the need for more women at the top levels of science. Written by the journalist who broke the story for The Boston Globe, The Exceptions is the untold story of how sixteen highly accomplished women on the MIT faculty came together to do the work that triggered the historic admission.
The Exceptions centers on the life of Nancy Hopkins, a reluctant feminist who became the leader of the sixteen and a hero to two generations of women in science. Hired to prestigious universities at the dawn of affirmative action efforts in the 1970s, Dr. Hopkins and her peers embarked on their careers believing that discrimination against women was a thing of the pastâthat science was, at last, a pure meritocracy. For years they explained away the discrimination they experienced as the exception, not the rule. Only when these few women came together after decades of underpayment and the denial of credit, advancement, and equal resources to do their work did they recognize the relentless pattern: women were often marginalized and minimized, especially as they grew older. Meanwhile, men of similar or lesser ability had their career paths paved and widened.
The Exceptions is a powerful yet all-too-familiar story that will resonate with all professional women who experience what those at MIT called â21st-century discriminationââa subtle and stubborn bias, often unconscious but still damaging. As in bestsellers from Hidden Figures to Lab Girl and Code Girls, we are offered a rare glimpse into the world of high-level scientific research and learn about the extraordinary female scientists whose work has been overlooked throughout history, and how these women courageously fought for fair treatment as they struggled to achieve the recognition they rightfully deserve.