EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks at Princeton University: 'A Laboratory of One's Own'





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Published on Apr 10, 2012

In 2012, Princeton University awarded its James Madison Medal, the University's highest honor for alumni who earned graduate degrees, to Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In her address to an audience of hundreds of alumni at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton campus, Jackson spoke not only about her role as EPA administrator but also about the need for more women in science. "I don't believe the solution for women scientists is to acclimate themselves to a man's world. I believe women should make their own space in science," she said.

The title of her speech was "A Laboratory of One's Own" echoing the title of Virginia Woolf's well-known feminist essay "A Room of One's Own."

"I believe that bringing more women into science will represent an important change in the culture of science," she said.

Jackson, who earned a masters degree in chemical engineering at Princeton in 1986, accepted the award and delivered a talk at the University's annual Alumni Day event.

The transcript of her remarks can be found here:



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