Rita Banerji is an author, photographer and gender activist. Her book Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies (Penguin Books), has been described as “An extraordinary take on a subject still a taboo [and].. a new interpretation of Indian history.” It was long-listed for the Vodaphone-Crossword Non-Fiction Book Award .
She is the founder and director of the International, award-winning grassroots campaign, The 50 Million Missing Campaign that has been working since 2006 to stop the female genocide (gendercide) in India.
In 2015, The European Students for Liberty recognized her among ‘Six Women Who are Changing the World.‘ The ‘Wear Your Voice’ magazine voted her among ‘30 Of the Most Influential Women of 2015.’ The Readers Club of Delhi lists her among ‘Indian Feminist Writers You Can’t Afford to Miss.’
Banerji is also a contributing photographer for Getty’s Images.
Sex and Power was Long-listed for the Vodaphone-Crossword Non-Fiction Book Award (India)
National Award from the Association for Women in Science, Washington D.C. for Ph.D. research on acid rain (U.S.A.) [click to view announcement]
Morgan Adams Award in Biology for Ph.D. Research (U.S.A.)
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Associate member (-Ex)
Botanical Society of America’s Young Botanist Recognition Award
Howard Hughes Grant for research in genetics
Award for Student Leadership and Service, Mount Holyoke College
Charles A. Dana Fellowship for Research in Ecology
President’s Award for Commitment and Contribution to Campus Life, Mount Holyoke