Anthologies and studies of women working in related fields can be important additions to a juvenile collection. These formats provide readers with a focused retrospective on the contributions of women to the field of scientific study.
Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World
by Laurie Lawlor
This slim volume chronicles the lives of six brave women. Their pioneering work advanced progress in astronomy, underwater cartography, chemistry, and mathematic research. Five were born in the United States and all worked as scientists and researchers in the United States.
Lawlor highlights their passion for discovery and the significant contributions that each made to the body of scientific knowledge. She focuses on the determination that each exhibited as she overcame obstacles. These women were consciously aware of their roles as mentors for the next generation of scientists.
While their respective research achievements are considerable, Lawlor gives added emphasis to the importance of role models for young girls interested in pursuing careers in the sciences. and inspires future generations of young women to excel in fields of scientific endeavor.
Back matter includes a glossary, listing of sources, source notes, picture credits, and index.
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition
By Margot Lee Shetterly read by Bahni Turpin
Shetterly's fascinating study of the lives and contributions of four African American female mathematicians, initially known as computers, has been edited for young readers. It is an engrossing historical saga. The struggles and sacrifices of each had to make to ensure the success of the space program were intense. “First in space means first, period. Second in space is second in everything.” statement from Lyndon Johnson. In addition to encountering barriers faced by women, these brave young pioneers were also subjected to discrimination and racial prejudice.
“Even as a professional in an integrated world, I had been the only black woman in enough drawing rooms and boardrooms to have an inkling of the chutzpah it took for an African American woman in a segregated southern workplace to tell her bosses she was sure her calculations would put a man on the Moon.”
This audiobook edition makes for compelling listening. Bahni Turpin's excellent narration brilliantly brings the story of these remarkable women to life.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky
Who knew that an anthology of females worldwide who have made important contributions to science would make a stunning volume of bold graphic designs? Rachel Ignofotsky knew.
The book's content chronologically describes the contributions of women to the world of science beginning with Egyptian astronomer and mathematician Hypia in Ancient Alexandria and concludes in 2014 with brief bbiography of mathematician Iranian/America Scientist Mayam Mirzakani. Each of the 50 featured women has made significant advancements to the body of science, technology, engineering, and mathematic knowledge.
The succinct recap of each woman’s achievements is accompanied with stunning graphic portraits (the images are worthy pieces of art and can be purchased separately. See the postcard collection below.)
Ignofotsky includes a glossary, as well as sources. Interspersed throughout the book are excellent infographics featuring a timeline, lab tools, statistics in STEM, and "More Women in Science."