“Marie Curie is now a household name, but throughout history there have been many other great and important women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Many did not receive the recognition they deserved at the time and were forgotten. When thinking of physics, we should name not only Albert Einstein but also the genius mathematician Emmy Noether. We should all know that it was Rosalind Franklin who discovered the double helix structure of DNA, not James Watson and Francis Crick. While admiring the advances in computer technology, let us remember not only Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but also Grace Hopper, the creator of modern programming.
Throughout history many women have risked everything in the name of science. This book tells the stories of some of these scientists, from ancient Greece to the modern day, who in the face of ‘No’ said, ‘Try and stop me.'”
Even with the emphasis on girls in science classes, women in engineering programs, and females in STEM careers, it is often hard to find role models of women in history who made a difference in science. Rather than finding fascinating stories and remarkable undertakings of women the world over, there are a few prime examples that are dished up repeatedly in an attempt to inspire girls.
Rachel Ignotofsky celebrates the unknown women have made a difference, going deeper than the celebrated few to tout the accomplishments of Nobel prize winner Dorothy Hodgin who mapped the structure of insulin to help countless diabetics, and Marjory Stoneman Dougs who worked tirelessly to save the Florida Everglades. Stories of Nettie Stevens (a founder of genetic studies) and Mae Jemison (the first African-American woman in space) are accompanied by charming illustrations, captivating stories, and fascinating facts. The book can be picked up at any point (there is no need to read the whole way through), but it is enticing enough that you will want to know the stories of all of the role models in science that are featured. While there are classic examples of women in science, like Marie Curie and Grace Hopper, there are also lesser known figures like Lise Meitner and Annie Easley. Also, who knew that Hedy Lamarr was more than just a pretty actress and was actually a genius inventor?
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World features infographics, brief bios of other scientists, and practical information about the world of science. It is ideal for anyone interested in history, science, or social progress. So worth diving into!