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It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
 
A
charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best
seller 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! 
— BrainPickings - Best Science
Books of the Year

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Sep 15, 2016

I love books that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, and Rachel Ignotofskys Women in Science fits the bill perfectly. Its an illustrated collection of short biographies on fifty female pioneers in the STEM field. The stories of these inspiring innovators are accompanied by stunning illustrations. This book is an absolute joy to read. Buy one for every girl and woman in your life!

Kate Scott



from The Best Books We Read In July 2016: http://bookriot.com/2016/08/01/riot-r... I love books that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, and Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women in Science fits the bill perfectly. It’s an illustrated collection of short biographies on fifty female pioneers in the STEM field. The stories of these inspiring innovators are accompanied by stunning illustrations. This book is an absolute joy to read. Buy one for every girl and woman in your life!

–Kate Scott



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Jul 28, 2016

Please read this book. Buy a copy for your niece and your little brother and your obnoxious uncle who thinks he understands the world because he majored in history 40 years ago. Buy one for your local elementary school. Buy one for friends who haven't even had babies yet, because they're going to want their kids to have this.
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Jun 26, 2017

I bought this book for my nieces sixth birthday and we read it together along with her mom. I loved the illustrations and learned a lot about women Ive never even heard of, such as physicist Lise Meitner, who was driven out of Germany during WWII because she was Jewishand was thus denied her half of the Nobel Prize for her findings in nuclear fusion. I also learned more about women I have heard of, such as Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, and Rachel Carson.

The obstacles these women faced are I bought this book for my niece’s sixth birthday and we read it together along with her mom. I loved the illustrations and learned a lot about women I’ve never even heard of, such as physicist Lise Meitner, who was driven out of Germany during WWII because she was Jewish—and was thus denied her half of the Nobel Prize for her findings in nuclear fusion. I also learned more about women I have heard of, such as Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, and Rachel Carson.

The obstacles these women faced are appalling and makes their accomplishments even more impressive. I’m going to buy a copy for myself because this is the kind of book you can return to again and again. Many of the topics were over my niece’s head—frankly, some concepts neither my sister nor I fully understood—but the different brief bios of the women provide a wonderful jumping off point for discussion of science and the evolving role of women in history. ...more
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Aug 19, 2018

This gorgeously illustrated, easy and fun to read, slim little volume full of fun facts is a must-read for girls of all ages (including mine)! I am so in love with this gorgeously packaged, inspirational little gem that I am going have to invest in a permanent copy for my bookshelf. This is a keeper!
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Dec 31, 2016

I found this quite readable for the way it was published, which necessarily throws a lot of information and names at you one after another. I learned quite a few scientific tidbits whilst reading about these noteworthy women. The infographics and illustrations were really wonderful. The information provided was a perfect blend of biography, fun facts and scientific explanations. I highly recommend this, especially as a gift for anyone interested in science, women, history, art and pretty books!
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Jul 13, 2018

Quirky, whimsical illustrations accompany 1-page biographies of each female scientist. Each woman profiled worked incredibly hard, and was subjected to all sorts of resistance since women were either believed to be unable to learn, or forbidden to learn, or had a variety of obstacles thrown in their way, both at school and at work. And yet the amazing things each of the featured women did, contributing equations, methodologies, techniques and approaches still in use, or that became critical Quirky, whimsical illustrations accompany 1-page biographies of each female scientist. Each woman profiled worked incredibly hard, and was subjected to all sorts of resistance since women were either believed to be unable to learn, or forbidden to learn, or had a variety of obstacles thrown in their way, both at school and at work. And yet the amazing things each of the featured women did, contributing equations, methodologies, techniques and approaches still in use, or that became critical stepping stones for other research and development.
I loved this book, and was in awe of each scientist I read about. Coming from a STEM background, I firmly believe that it's important to give girls around the world education, opportunities and support so they can explore, discover, and create. ...more
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Jan 05, 2019

Such an interesting and inspiring read!!
Also LOVED the illustrations!
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Jun 03, 2017

Perfect for what it is: a vibrantly illustrated series of snapshots of influential, inspirational women in science, aimed at younger readers. It's beautiful to look at, and the casual, peppy style just made me happy while reading it. The bios are short, but tantalizing. I want very badly to know more about some of these scientists.

Even though I've read quite a few popular science books, I was only familiar with a handful of these 50 women (even enough to recognize names), which is a shame.
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Mar 17, 2020

What a great fast read on remarkable women who made a change in this world. Women who risked their lives and made their dreams come true to discover things that we use and know today.
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Dec 04, 2016

I hate the description of this being "charming" because that's so diminutive, but this book is damn charming. The illustrations are excellent and the scientists that Ignotofsky highlights feature those whose names we know (like Marie Curie) and those who we don't. It's inclusive, and it's just the right amount of information written out to intrigue readers to want to know more. The design, which features short facts about the women featured, does a huge service so that it's not information I hate the description of this being "charming" because that's so diminutive, but this book is damn charming. The illustrations are excellent and the scientists that Ignotofsky highlights feature those whose names we know (like Marie Curie) and those who we don't. It's inclusive, and it's just the right amount of information written out to intrigue readers to want to know more. The design, which features short facts about the women featured, does a huge service so that it's not information overload.

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Oct 04, 2017

great book and a great gift suggestion to any girl/woman interested in or doing science! I love the illustration and all texts are as informed as needed for such a book... Totally suggested
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Feb 21, 2017

This book irritated the heck out of me. I am a scientist and a children's book writer (and a woman). I was super excited to read it. But there were so many factual misrepresentations and errors in the introduction alone that I didn't know if I could trust anything in the book. It wasn't until I got to the profile of Lise Meitner that I wanted to throw the book across the room, though.

First off, Meitner came from a well-educated, well-off family. Though it was, in general, less common for women This book irritated the heck out of me. I am a scientist and a children's book writer (and a woman). I was super excited to read it. But there were so many factual misrepresentations and errors in the introduction alone that I didn't know if I could trust anything in the book. It wasn't until I got to the profile of Lise Meitner that I wanted to throw the book across the room, though.

First off, Meitner came from a well-educated, well-off family. Though it was, in general, less common for women to be college-educated at the time, I have never read anything that suggested she had a particularly hard time of it. She was also nearly immediately awarded a university appointment--and at one of the best research institutes in the world. She was a well-respected and active member of the German intellectual community, and her struggles within it had far more to do with her being Jewish than being a woman. In addition, and most important: Lise Meitner DID NOT DISCOVER FISSION. There are a million systemic reasons that women have not made the contributions to science that men have, but to take an invention/contribution and falsely attribute it to a woman, as this author seems to do a number of times, is not doing anyone any favors.

In fact, Lise Meitner did make an important contribution to the history of Fission research. Otto Hahn discovered fission in their lab after Meitner was forced to flee Germany before WWII. He did not understand how his apparent results could be possible. Meitner and her nephew came up with a theoretical model for fission which explained his results. This was, I gather, how their research generally worked. Hahn did the experiments and Meitner explained them with models.

In any case, I was so curious about where the author was getting her facts that I looked at the back of the book: no references. Looked on her website. Also nothing about Lise Meitner.

I suspect that there are factual misrepresentations and errors about a lot of the people profiled in this book, I just don't happen to know as much about them. I get the point of a book like this, but I don't think misleading children with shoddy reporting and then covering up your sources is doing a good deed. ...more
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Jul 26, 2016

This book is such a delight, well-researched but accessible, fun but encouraging and educational. It acknowledges in full how hard it was and still is for women to have the same access to education, funding and resources as men have but doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste and finishes with a positive outlook into the future. I really hope this book will find accompany whole new generations of girls in science, and that it will be soon translated into as many languages as possible.
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Jul 22, 2016

I almost cried when I started to look through Women in Science. I wish someone had told me that it was okay to think that math was hard, but that I would get through it. That science was difficult at times, but since I loved it, I would be able to make it. It's hard not to get upset when so few women have pushed their way through a man's field. In this day and age, when girls have more access to tools that will help them get the help they need to go into a STEM profession, these women did it all I almost cried when I started to look through Women in Science. I wish someone had told me that it was okay to think that math was hard, but that I would get through it. That science was difficult at times, but since I loved it, I would be able to make it. It's hard not to get upset when so few women have pushed their way through a man's field. In this day and age, when girls have more access to tools that will help them get the help they need to go into a STEM profession, these women did it all on their own.

The book is tight, sturdy, and chalk full of heroines of the STEM field. From current geniuses, to historical science mavericks, this book covers fifty female scientists that have shaped our world today. Women in Science is written and illustrated by the talented Rachel Ignotofsky. The colors are bright, the art is fantastic, and the information is inspiring for any geek girl looking to go into the science field. I couldn't recommend it enough.

​***I received a review copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review***

You can read more of my reviews at www.amandadana.com

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Sep 12, 2017

RATING: 4.5 STARS
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A great book for for anyone interested in the pioneers of science and the faces that don't always get taught in school. I loved the illustrations in this book.
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Mar 08, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!
This book features 50 women who have made invaluable contributions to science - ranging from the ancient Hypatia of Alexandria, to Maryam Mirzakhani, a winner of the 2014 Fields Medal. I got to learn about the trailblazing work of a lot of women in STEM I didn't know of previously, thanks to the well written short biographies complemented by the excellent illustrations. Truly an inspiring read. In our society where gender stereotypes are still very prevalent, I Happy International Women's Day!
This book features 50 women who have made invaluable contributions to science - ranging from the ancient Hypatia of Alexandria, to Maryam Mirzakhani, a winner of the 2014 Fields Medal. I got to learn about the trailblazing work of a lot of women in STEM I didn't know of previously, thanks to the well written short biographies complemented by the excellent illustrations. Truly an inspiring read. In our society where gender stereotypes are still very prevalent, I wish all little science-curious girls could have access to a copy of this book, to know that if they want to do this stuff, they're not alone. https://xkcd.com/896/ ...more
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Mar 07, 2020

One of the drawbacks of listening to audiobooks is that you don't see the book. Had I seen this I would have realized it wasn't made for a nearly 50-year-old reader. This is, however, a solid primer designed for young readers. I figured it out when the narrator used "poop" when "feces" could have been used. Oh well, I still enjoyed the book and learned a little bit about a few of the lesser known women in the STEM fields.

I bought my 10-year-old niece a book very much like this for Christmas. One of the drawbacks of listening to audiobooks is that you don't see the book. Had I seen this I would have realized it wasn't made for a nearly 50-year-old reader. This is, however, a solid primer designed for young readers. I figured it out when the narrator used "poop" when "feces" could have been used. Oh well, I still enjoyed the book and learned a little bit about a few of the lesser known women in the STEM fields.

I bought my 10-year-old niece a book very much like this for Christmas. Instead of it focusing specifically on scientists, it was more about adventurous women in general, so it included Earhart and such. I hope she's read it and I hope it instills in her a drive to smash the glass ceiling just as this book strives to do. ...more
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Aug 17, 2017

I bought this book yesterday and it's so beautiful! There is even a card box: 100 postcards of the illustrations of this book!



I read most of the part yesterday and was happily surprised to know some of the women and getting introduced to many.



I just was so sad that there are no Arab women in the list, and I know I met many friends and teachers who loved science; it's sad none of them made her mark yet or if she did she was unknown.

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Apr 03, 2019

Short Tidbits Of BadAss Women Of Science

Purchased For My Nieces

Almost Kept It For Myself =))
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Feb 26, 2019




An inspiring reading about women who have been an eminence in the science field, honestly having decided to read this short but significant book has been one of the best decisions, right now I think it will be INCREDIBLE to own the author's complete collection, and perhaps, in the future, I can read it to my children.

5/5 Stars

I think that, besides, the way in which the book is written and created is unique, super interactive and entertaining, the illustrations are BEAUTIFUL, I'm absolutely in


An inspiring reading about women who have been an eminence in the science field, honestly having decided to read this short but significant book has been one of the best decisions, right now I think it will be INCREDIBLE to own the author's complete collection, and perhaps, in the future, I can read it to my children.

5/5 Stars

I think that, besides, the way in which the book is written and created is unique, super interactive and entertaining, the illustrations are BEAUTIFUL, I'm absolutely in love with this book and I couldn't recommend it more.
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Jul 17, 2017

I learned a ton from this book. So many female scientists that I knew absolutely nothing about. I really liked the set-up, with the artistic renderings of the scientist, a quote from or about them at the bottom of their portrait, and little interesting facts sprinkled around the text. So much great information in this.
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Oct 28, 2016

This is such a fantastic book! Unique, interesting and perfectly put together! The book itself is literally a work of art. The illustrations are fantastic! This book features 50 amazing women from the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It covers everything from ancient items to the present! I learned so much about trailblazing women - many of whom I had never heard of! I learned so much with this book! Each scientist gets a spread in the book - one full of detailed This is such a fantastic book! Unique, interesting and perfectly put together! The book itself is literally a work of art. The illustrations are fantastic! This book features 50 amazing women from the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It covers everything from ancient items to the present! I learned so much about trailblazing women - many of whom I had never heard of! I learned so much with this book! Each scientist gets a spread in the book - one full of detailed writing about their lives and work and one illustration (and some words). It's just packed full of information and wonderful illustrations! There are also really cool timelines, a glossary and a list of other women in science. I love that it really focuses on the fact that the next great scientist could be any of us! This is one that I loved and plan to share with my 11 year old. I think it's important for her to see how many cool things women have done ... and I suspect she'll find it to be lots of fun! I can't wait for Rachel Ignotofsky to write more great books like this! I'll be first in line to pick them up! I highly recommend this to any and all readers! ...more
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Apr 08, 2018

An absolutely brilliant book which details the stories of 50 women who excelled in different STEM fields across astrophysics, psychiatry, genetics, mathematics, etc. Some of the women were known to me like Jane Goodall, Vera Rubin, and of course Marie Curie. But a lot of the women were unknown, their stories made fascinating reading.

It's depressing to read how so many universities didn't admit women to their Masters programs or employ women in full-time positions. Also, most of the women An absolutely brilliant book which details the stories of 50 women who excelled in different STEM fields across astrophysics, psychiatry, genetics, mathematics, etc. Some of the women were known to me like Jane Goodall, Vera Rubin, and of course Marie Curie. But a lot of the women were unknown, their stories made fascinating reading.

It's depressing to read how so many universities didn't admit women to their Masters programs or employ women in full-time positions. Also, most of the women scientists faced ridicule from their male peers & the scientific community at large. Yet they persisted and achieved great things.

The book has some amazing illustrations & tidbits about each of the women. It would make a great gift for inspiring young girls who wish to take up science. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; now I wish to read about each of the women featured in the book in even greater detail. ...more
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Aug 15, 2019

BEAUTIFUL. Really beautiful book, the illustrations and the way its written. BEAUTIFUL. Really beautiful book, the illustrations and the way it’s written. ...more
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Feb 17, 2018

Absolutely inspirational. One of my very best friends got me this because he knew how much I wanted to read it and it is one of the best presents I have ever gotten. 100% would recommend. If I have one problem is that I wish it was longer; hopefully, one day there will be a revised version with not 50 but thousands of female scientists.

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