Published by Simon & Schuster
About the book
The remarkable untold story of how a group of sixteen determined women used the power of the collective and the tools of science to inspire ongoing radical change. This is a triumphant account of progress, whilst reminding us that further action is needed.
These women scientists entered the work force in the 1960s during a push for affirmative action. Embarking on their careers they thought that discrimination against women was a thing of the past and that science was a pure meritocracy. Women were marginalized and minimized, especially as they grew older, their contributions stolen and erased.
Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the story in 1999 for The Boston Globe, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology made the astonishing admission that it discriminated against women on its faculty, The Exceptions is an intimate narrative which centres on Nancy Hopkins – a surprisingly reluctant feminist who became a hero to two generations of women in science.
In uncovering an erased history, we are finally introduced to the hidden scientists who paved the way for collective change.
About the author
Kate Zernike has been a reporter for the New York Times since 2000, where she has covered education, politics, health care, sports and styles. 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. Kate 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 this book is based.
She is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons.