WSRC’s Rosalind Barnett wins 2008 Anne Roe Award

Honor recognizes significant contributions in education to women’s professional growth

Rosalind Barnett

The Harvard Graduate School of Education has selected Dr. Rosalind Barnett, Senior Scientist at Brandeis’ Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC), as the 2008 recipient of the Anne Roe Award. Established in 1979 to honor the first woman tenured in the Harvard Faculty of Education, the award is presented biennially to an individual who has contributed significantly in the field of education to women’s professional growth.

"Rosalind Barnett has played an extraordinary role in dispelling conventional 'wisdoms' about the capability and capacity of girls and women," said Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Education said. "Her rigorous research has challenged some of our cultures most entrenched and harmful gender stereotypes."

Dr. Barnett, who serves as the Executive Director of the WSRC’s Community, Families & Work Program, said she is very excited to receive the Roe Award. “To have acknowledgment that my work has had a big impact on the lives of women is very meaningful to me,” she said.

Dr. Barnett has authored or coauthored more than 115 articles and seven books. Her most recent book, written with Caryl Rivers, is "The Same Difference: How Gender Myths are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs." She joins a distinguished list of Anne Roe Award recipients including Gloria Steinem (1999) and International Center for Research on Women President Geeta Rao Gupta (2006). 

The Anne Roe Award will be presented to Dr. Barnett at a public ceremony on Monday, Nov. 17.

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