A Lab of One’s Own by Rita Colwell and Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, Read by Jackie Sanders
A Memoir and a Call to Action
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Jackie Sanders narrates A Lab of One’s Own, a memoir on sexism in science from Rita Cowell, a leading microbiologist and the first woman to lead the National Science Foundation. Host Jo Reed and Robin Whitten discuss Jackie Sanders’s straightforward narration, mirroring Cowell’s strategy when dealing with obstructionist male colleagues—stay calm and avoid channeling melodramatics or anger. Cowell persevered in her career to make historical discoveries but faced systemic sexism and bias, and she does not shy away from detailing specific discrimination. An inspiring and illuminating listen for those in the sciences.
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