Rita Banerji is an author, photographer and  gender activist. Her book  Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies (Penguin Books),  has been described asAn 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.  The 50 Million Missing Campaign was selected as a Finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award in the Gender Equality Category.  The Katerva Award highlights the most ground-breaking projects from around the world and has been referred to as “the Nobel Prize of Sustainability.” The campaign won the Katerva Awards’ People’s Choice Honorable Mention. The 50 Million Missing has also been nominated for The Shorty Awards which honors the best content producers on social media.

In 2015, The European Students for Liberty recognized Banerji 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.




Apex Award of  Excellence for Magazine and Journal Writing (U.S.A.)

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

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

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

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