Zernike, a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times correspondent, discusses the story she originally broke about gender discrimination at MIT with longtime Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Zernike has been a reporter for The New York Times since 2000. She was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for stories about al-Qaeda before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. She was previously a reporter for The Boston Globe, where she broke the story of MIT’s admission that it had discriminated against women on its faculty, on which "The Exceptions" is based.
ABOUT THE BOOK
"From the Pulitzer Prize–winning 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 years—sparking a nationwide reckoning with the pervasive sexism in science.
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."—Simon & Schuster
"An inspiring but often infuriating account of the ways that MIT had discriminated against some of the brightest scientists in their fields. It's also a cautionary tale of how easily workplace discrimination can take root, even among academics who consider themselves well-intentioned."—The Washington Post
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER
Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, which included covering the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark. Her book, "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools," was serialized in The New Yorker. Russakoff is a longtime resident of Montclair and a member of the Open Book / Open Mind advisory board.
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