Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Published by Ten Speed Press on July 26, 2016
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 128
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: First to Read
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.


Not only is Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky an amazingly gorgeous book full unique illustrations, but it also is such an empowering, yet fun read. I cannot believe there hasn’t been a book like this out on the market before. This is definitely something every parent should buy for their middle school daughter.

I myself learned about so many women that made amazing contributions in the STEM fields, I was just blown away. It really makes me wish that I had had a book like this encouraging me to stick with math as a youngster instead of being led to believe math and engineering were “boy things” and “boy jobs.”

The best thing about this book is that it also includes Women of Color. Not as many as I would like, but some is better than none. Progress is slow, sadly, but coming. Please, if you have a daughter, a niece, a grand-daughter, pick up Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky for them. Give them the encouragement that they can be anything that they want and that there are no such borders between men and women’s jobs.


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