Rosalind C. Barnett Rosalind Chait Barnett
Senior Scientist, Brandeis University

Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett have received wide critical praise for their books about women, men, work and society. Their book, The New Soft War on Women (Tarcher/ Penguin, 2013, was an Oprah magazine Top Ten pick. The Boston Globe said, “Rivers and Barnett, who have co-authored three previous books on gender and economics, deploy both hard numbers and human stories to make a powerful case that, despite current myths of female ascendance and male decline, when women make careers they have to do so while “carrying a history of gender discrimination that is as heavy as a pack filled with large rocks.”

  • In 2011 they won both the Casey Medal for distinguished journalism and a special citation from the National Education Writers Association for opinion columns.
  • The Editorial Board of the Boston Globe voted their book “Same Difference” one of the best books of the year in 2004.
  • The New York Times called their book She Works, He Works a bold new framing of the story of the American family, and praised its lucid prose.
  • The Sloan Foundation designated their book “Lifeprints” as a “classic book” from the work-family canon that has made “a significant contribution and stood the test of time.” (The book was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.)

Rosalind Chait Barnett’s pioneering research on workplace issues and family life in America has been sponsored by major federal grants She is senior scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.