Women in Science

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

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A brilliantly illustrated and fun introduction to the contributions of women in STEM fields–Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky.

This book provides a great counterpart to all those other science books about all those guys. Even as a mom to boys, I appreciate a resource that highlights other notable contributors to science. We are reading about science pioneers like Wang Zhenyi, an astronomer, poet, and mathematician. And, Marie Curie, Rachel Carson, and Hedy Lamarr.
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Engaging format

Featuring fifty notable females, Women in Science is a unique reference in our homeschool classroom. We love the vintage look and colorful format. Each page is a different color scheme, with lots of pictures surrounding the main text. As a read aloud, there is so much for young listeners to look at. And as an independent reader, the graphic nature of the book is very appealing.

We are learning about dark matter from Vera Rubin, Sylvia Earle’s work to protect the ocean, Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s discovery of the Pulsar, and what hyperbolic doughnuts are from Maryam Mirzakhani.

Did you know that one of the most prolific fossil hunters was a woman in the 1700s? Be sure to look up Mary Anning. She’s fascinating!

In addition to the 50 featured women scientists, there is a section highlighting 15 others, an illustrated glossary, and a resource section that is helpful for further research. The infographic pages of lab tools, timelines, and statistics are especially fun to study.

The main stumbling block in the way of any progress is and always has been unimpeachable tradition. –Chien-Shiung Wu

If you’re looking for a unique enrichment resource for your young scientist, add Women in Science to your wish list for the school year. And, if you have a girl in your life, inspire her to explore STEM with this book. I think it is a wonderful resource for all ages.

The publisher provided a review copy of Women in Science.

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Comments (4)

  1. L.E. Mastilock

    What a great book! It’s great to know woman have made important scientific contributions, too. Thanks for the review!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I learned a lot about women’s contributions in STEM areas–pretty cool!

  2. Cee Lee Reed

    What a great compilation of women. Go Girls! Science is one of those male dominated industries so it’s great to see women included and encouraging our girls along.

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I learned so much from this book about women I had never heard of before. I enjoy science much more now than when I was in school. It’s nice to see more of a focus now on drawing girls into STEM subjects–not just for boys anymore!


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