I shared a bit about the writing of my book for the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Advance Copy :
I started writing the book after working as the publicist for the Emmy-nominated documentary Picture a Scientist and deeply connecting to the topic of gender inequities in science. It made me reflect on my early experiences in the engineering program at Cornell, where I was almost weeded out.
While I was working on Picture a Scientist, Columbia University Press (CUP) editor Miranda Martin approached me about writing a book. As a longtime science writer, I jumped at the chance. Drawing on my past experiences at Cornell, as well as my work as PIO for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, I wanted to bring a social science perspective to the thorny problem of discrimination in the sciences: How can science help make science equitable for everyone?