Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Ten Speed Press
United States
14 November 2016

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Rachel Ignotofsky

A recent U.S. Department of Education survey found that high school girls take the same number of math and science classes as boys and earn slightly higher grades, but only 15 percent of U.S. collegiate women major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Encouraging young women and girls to pursue STEM career tracks has never been more important.

Women in Science highlights notable women’s contributions to various scientific fields and inspires readers both young and old. A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, the book features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women in STEM from the ancient to the modern world, and also contains infographics about interesting and relevant topics such as lab equipment and rates of women currently working in STEM fields.

Profiles feature well-known figures, such as biologist Rachel Carson and primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers, such as Dr. Patricia Bath, the first African-American woman to receive a medical patent, and Barbara McClintock, a Nobel Prize-winning cytogeneticist.


From ancient times to the present day clever women pursuing their dreams and passions have made incredible contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, often against tremendous odds and with little support from society, family or peers. Women in Science showcases 50 remarkable women who have built the modern world – from universal computer language to cataract surgery – and it makes me proud (as a woman and a science graduate) to learn that Marie Curie was the first person awarded two Nobel Prizes – and in two different sciences! Every library and home should have a copy of this outstanding publication. It celebrates historically important women in science, and their achievements are thoughtfully and lovingly presented in beautiful illustrations. It’s a delight to read. Every child deserves a copy of Women in Science; it’s important to know that history is just as much HERstory. Very highly recommended for ages 10 and up.

Athina Clarke

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