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The governing body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science voted Saturday to enact a policy under which an elected AAAS Fellow’s lifetime honor can be revoked for proven scientific misconduct or serious breaches of professional ethics.

AAAS member Sue V. Rosser has faced multiple obstacles as a woman in science. From being assigned a museum dissertation because she was pregnant at the time, to sexual harassment in the lab, these incidents and more almost stopped her from becoming a successful scientist.

Today Rosser is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Fransisco State University, and is also a professor of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology. She is a member of the board of directors for AAAS and received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.

In March, Rosser's new book Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science was released. Rosser conducted interviews with a variety of female scientists, as well as reflected on her own experiences. Her goal was to help answer the question of why there are still so few female scientists, and help to lower the obstacles that still exist. Here she reads passages from the introduction and conclusions of the book, highlighting why it is such an important topic and why women are important to science.

  • Rosser's book is available on and local book stores.