Of the 43 scientists listed as contributing information for the initial RDA values, 25 were women, wrote Alfred Harper in an account of the contributions of women scientists to the first Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs).Lydia Roberts served as chair of the Food and Nutrition Board committee that was to produce the initial set of RDAs. In overseeing the work of this committee,which developed the process by which the RDA were established, Roberts made a major contribution, Harper wrote. “She emphasized throughout the necessity for a sound scientific basis for the allowances.”

NH women first RDAs 2

NH women first RDAs

from: Harper AE: Contributions of women scientists in the U.S. to the development of Recommended Dietary Allowances. J Nutr. 2003 Nov;133(11):3698-702. (full-text)