Mini-Review | Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, 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 fascinating 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 trailblazing 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.

Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

It’s made to believe
Women are the same as men; 
Are you not convinced 
Daughters can also be heroic?
– Wang Zhenyi

As a woman in science (or, at least, one with a biology degree), I was really excited to give this a read. I was quite surprised to find that I hadn’t heard of many of the women that were profiled, though I had certainly heard of their contributions/breakthroughs – which just highlights the importance of books like this. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the profiled women were from diverse backgrounds and that the social sciences were represented alongside the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Women in Science was informative, inclusive, and contained the most charming illustrations. I fully intend to purchase a copy for any young women (and men) in my life who are interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field.

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