Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wonder Women by Sam Maggs

Wonder Women:
25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
by Sam Maggs
illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2016
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Biography, Feminism
Hardback: 240 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Representation is important.

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .

· Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
· Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

Table of Contents:
Women of Science
Women of Medicine
Women of Espionage
Women of Innovation
Women of Adventure

My two-bits:

Another wonderfully illustrated book, perfect to read during Women's History month!

Learned about a lot of women pioneers of their fields that I had never heard of which comprised most of this book.

The essays are short, but packed with enough info and details to get to know the person.

Great fodder for filmmakers (ahem).


* review copy courtesy of publisher

1 comment:

  1. It's neat to see that the essays are on less well-known influential women.


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