Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?
Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.
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Aptly sub-titled “25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History,” this gathering of biographical sketches shines a spotlight on women who have made great contributions to their area of endeavor. Following a “We Can Do It” introduction that discusses representation and why it matters, there are five chapters that divide the women profiled into categories: Women of Science, Women of Medicine, Women of Espionage, Women of Innovation, Women of Adventure.
Each section consists of five (of the 25) biographical profiles, a quick paragraph each of more women who also made contributions,and a brief interview with a woman currently working in the area. There are many women included that, like me, you have probably not heard of, and the author is often quick to point out why.