Episode Four: Woman As Scientist, Woman as Activist

Roger Arliner Young was an early 20th century american biologist. She is best known for being the first African American woman to earn a PhD in zoology - but her story is often presented as a sad, one sided cautionary tale.

Join your host, Michelle Barboza-Ramirez, and guest Melissa Cristina Marquez, as they shut down this false narrative and tell you the whole story. 

Melissa Marquez is a marine biologist, fellow latinx in STEM, science communicator, and founder of The Fins United Initiative.

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Show Notes, References, and Further Reading

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Roger Arliner Young


Black Women in America: Roger Arliner Young. 2011. Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters.

Academic Papers / Dissertations

“Roger Arliner Young”, by Kenneth Manning. 1989. Sage, A Scholarly Journal on Black Women 6, no. 2: 3-7.

Gender, Race, and Science: A Feminista Analysis of Women of Color in Science, by Diaz, Sara P. 2012. University of Washington, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. 3521458.

“A racial trust”: Individualist, Eugenicist, and Capitalist Respectability in the Life of Roger Arliner Young." Díaz, Sara P. Souls 18.2-4 (2016): 235-262.