Journalist Maya Dusenbery ’08 to deliver Carleton convocation
In her presentation, titled, “Doing Harm: How Gender Bias in Medicine Leaves Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick,” Dusenbery will examine a medical system rife with inequities in its diagnosis and treatment of women versus men.
Journalist and author Maya Dusenbery ’08 will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 9, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. over Zoom. In her presentation, titled, “Doing Harm: How Gender Bias in Medicine Leaves Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick,” Dusenbery will examine a medical system rife with inequities in its diagnosis and treatment of women versus men.
Known for her research on sexism in medicine, Dusenbery is the author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick, which The New York Times Book Review called “well researched [and] wonderfully truculent.” The book was also named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR and Library Journal, and won the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for general nonfiction.
Dusenbery has written for multiple media outlets including The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, Consumer Reports, Slate, Cosmopolitan, HuffPost and Teen Vogue, and contributed to the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. She was previously the editorial director of the trailblazing site Feministing, where she covered a range of feminist topics—including abortion stigma, rape culture, masculinity and pop culture—since 2009. She has also been a fellow at Mother Jones and a columnist at Pacific Standard.
Dusenbery received her BA from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she is currently based in Portland, Oregon.
Convocation is sponsored by Carleton College Events. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.