My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Although both men and women have the same thirst for knowledge, women have not always been given the same opportunities to explore the answers.
These 50 mini-biographies highlight some of the top female contributors to science, showcasing their work, discoveries, challenges & barriers, and life stories. The illustrations were very fun and colourful, and there were also some little facts alongside each biography, making this book very eye-catching and full of great information.
These women’s journeys are all unique and interesting, but there are many commonalities among their lives – both good and bad. They were all determined and intelligent women who had to overcome some ridiculous obstacles and criticisms just to make their important contributions to their fields. Basically all of these women were told they shouldn’t be pursuing their STEM interests, even though that is what they were most passionate about. Their level of intelligence and new ways of thinking and discovering didn’t matter simply because they were women. I’m very proud of just how wrong they proved those grumpy men to be.
It blows my mind and makes me so angry that many of them had to carry out their work and research in basements, attics, and sheds – usually for no pay and no recognition. Imagine how much more advanced the scientific community would be if these brilliant minds had been encouraged to their full potential…
Two of the 50 women that really caught my interest were Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and Barbara McClintock, a cytogeneticist and astrophysicist, respectively. Cecilia was frowned up for being spirited and wearing pants, and her work wasn’t believed for nearly 20 years. Barbara had original ideas when approaching astronomy and was told her discovery was impossible, even though it really wasn’t.
And these are just two examples of the many brilliant minds that were repeated told no, don’t, can’t, shouldn’t, not now, not for you, not for women. It’s a damn good thing they all chose to do it anyway. I really hope this book inspires young girls to pursue their dreams of studying within the many opportunities of STEM and offers validation that their ideas are all worth something.