The Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize

At its annual meeting in 2004, the HSS Council voted unanimously to rename The Women’s Prize to The Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize in recognition of Professor Rossiter’s pioneering work in the field. This prize is awarded in recognition of an outstanding book (or, in even-numbered years, article) on the history of women in science. The book or article may take a biographical, institutional, theoretical, or other approach to the topic, which may include discussions of women’s activities in science, analyses of past scientific practices that deal explicitly with gender, and investigations regarding women as viewed by scientists. These may relate to medicine, technology, and the social sciences as well as the natural sciences. The book or article must have been published during a period of four calendar years immediately preceding the year of competition. The prize may not be split between two books or two articles. Please include the full citation when nominating a book or essay. For article years, stand-alone book chapters from edited volumes are eligible. Sending a copy of a hard-to-find essay to the Executive Office can expedite the nomination. Check the nomination form below for the deadline.

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Past Winners of the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize

2019 Elaine Leong, Recipes and Everyday Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and the Household in Early Modern England (University of Chicago Press, 2018).
2018 Kara Swanson, “Rubbing Elbows and Blowing Smoke: Gender, Class, and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Patent Office,” Isis 108, no. 1 (March 2017): 40-61.
2017 Laura Micheletti Puaca, Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980 (Gender and American Culture) (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).
2016 Paola Bertucci, “The In/visible Woman: Mariangela Ardinghelli and the Circulation of Knowledge between Paris and Naples in the Eighteenth Century,” Isis 104, no. 2 (June 2013): 226-249.
2015 Amy Sue Bix, Girls Coming to Tech!: A History of American Engineering Education for Women (MIT Press, 2013).
2014 Kimberly A. Hamlin, “The ‘Case of a Bearded Woman’: Hypertrichosis and the Construction of Gender in the Age of Darwin,” American Quarterly 63, no. 4 (Dec 2011): 985-81.
2013 Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
2012 Peter Kastor and Conevery Valencius, “Sacagawea’s Cold: Pregnancy and the Written Record of the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 82 (summer 2008): 276-310.
2011 Yi-Li Wu, Reproducing Women: Medicine, Metaphor, and Childbirth in Late Imperial China (University of California Press, 2010).
2010 Marsha L. Richmond, “The ‘Domestication’ of Heredity: The Familial Organization of Geneticists at Cambridge University, 1895-1910,” Journal of the History of Biology 39 (2006): 565-605.
2009 Monica H. Green, Making Women’s Medicine Masculine. The Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology (Oxford University Press, 2008).
2008 Sara Stidstone Gronim, “What Jane Knew: A Woman Botanist in the Eighteenth Century,” Journal of Women’s History 19 (2007): 33-59.
2007 Katharine Park, Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection (New York: Zone Books, 2006)
2006 Arleen Tuchman, “Situating Gender: Marie E. Zakrzewska and the Place of Science in Women’s Medical Education,” Isis 85 (2004): 34-57.
2005 Kathleen Broome Williams, Improbable Warriors: Women Scientists and the U.S. Navy in World War II (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001).
2004 Paula Findlen, “The Scientist’s Body: The Nature of Woman Philosopher in Enlightenment Italy” in The Faces of Nature in Enlightenment Europe, ed. Lorraine Daston, and Gianna Pomata (Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2003).
2003 Ellen Singer More, Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850-1995 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000).
2002 Ruth Oldenziel, “Multiple-Entry Visas: Gender and Engineering in the U.S., 1870-1945,” in Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges: Comparing the History of Women Engineers, 1870s-1990s, ed. Annie Canel, Ruth Oldenziel, and Karin Zachmann (London: Harwood Academic Publishers, 2000).
2001 Charlotte Furth, A Flourishing Yin: Chinese Medical History, 960-1665 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).
2000 Naomi Oreskes, “Objectivity or Heroism? On the Invisibility of Women in Science,” Osiris 11 (1996): 87-113.
1999 Linda J. Lear, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997).
1998 Mary Terrall “Émilie du Chätelet and the Gendering of Science,”History of Science 33 (1995): 283-310.
1997 Margaret W. Rossiter, Women Scientists in America: Before Affirmative Action, 1940-1972 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).
1996 Ida Stamhuis, “A Female Contribution to Early Genetics: Tine Tammes and Mendel’s Laws for Continuous Characters,”Journal of the History of Biology 28 (1995): 495-531.
1995 Elizabeth Lunbeck, The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994).
1994 Londa Schiebinger, “Why Mammals Are Called Mammals: Gender Politics in Eighteenth-Century National History,”American Historical Review 98 (1993): 382-411.
1993 Barbara Duden, The Woman Beneath the Skin: A Doctor’s Patients in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1991).
1992 Judith Coffin, “Social Science Meets Sweated Labor: Reinterpreting Women’s Work in Late Nineteenth-century France,” The Journal of Modern History 63 (1991): 230-70.
1991 Martha H. Verbrugge, Able-Bodied Womenhood: Personal Health and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Boston (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988).
1990 Ann Hibner Koblitz, “Science, Women, and the Russian Intelligentsia: The Generation of the 1860s,” Isis 79 (1988): 208-226.
1989 Joan Mark, A Stranger in Her Native Land: Alice Fletcher and the American Indians (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988).
1988 Pnina Abir-Am, “Synergy or Clash: Disciplinary and Marital Strategies in the Career of Mathematical Biologist Dorothy Wrinch,” in Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives, ed. Pnina Abir-Am and Dorinda Outram (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1987).
1987 Regina Markell Morantz-Sanchez, Sympathy and Science: Women Physicians in American Medicine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985).