As long as people have studied science, there have been obstacles for women in the field. After all, observes author Rachel Ignotofsky, the dominant attitude throughout the ages has been “nothing says trouble like a woman in pants.” Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World introduces readers to fifty women who took risks and made great achievements in the world of science and technology.
Almost everyone has heard of Marie Curie and Jane Goodall, but have you ever heard of Ada Lovelace? Ada was a mathematician and writer in the 1800’s who wrote the first complex published computer program; she used punch cards and a step-wise sequence of rational numbers to create Bernoulli numbers. Do you know about Katherine Johnson? She is one of the first African-American females to work at NASA, and her trajectory calculations helped ensure the success of the 1961 Mercury mission, the Apollo mission to the moon in 1969, and many others. (Katherine and her NASA colleagues are the subject of the movie Hidden Figures.) Are you familiar with the work of Jane Cooke Wright? Her research techniques led doctors to approach cancer in a new way and she was a co-founder of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Jane was even nicknamed “the mother of chemotherapy.” These are just a few of the fascinating women that you’ll meet as you read this book.
Women in Science is absolutely full of inspiration and charming illustrations. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike, this is a must-read for all the budding science and technology enthusiasts in your life.