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Rossiter honored for 'writing women back into the history of science'

Margaret Rossiter, the Marie Underhill Noll Emerita Professor of the History of Science, has been awarded the 2022 Sarton Medal from the History of Science Society.

Margaret Rossiter

A founding member of Cornell’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rossiter dedicated her research career to analyzing the systematic discouragement women face in scientific fields. Her major work, “Women Scientists in America,” published in three volumes between 1982 and 2012, has redrawn the historical landscape of women in science, said Jessica Ratcliff, assistant professor of Science and Technology Studies.

“Professor Rossiter’s great contribution has been to make visible what we now would term the structural inequalities under which women in science have labored, or through which they have been excluded from participation,” Ratcliff said. “Archive by archive, case by case, individual by individual, year by year, Professor Rossiter’s painstaking research has written women back into the history of science in America.”

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