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Women in Science Board Book Women in Science Postcards Women in Science Puzzle Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth What's Inside a Flower Women in Art
Explore this board book adapted for the youngest readers! Gorgeous illustrations of fifty fearless female pioneers who changed the world—with duplicates of each postcard. Based on the book Women in Science, this brilliantly illustrated 500-piece puzzle is the perfect gift for feminists and science lovers young and old. An illustrated tour of the planet exploring ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to a single drop of water. Explore the world of flowers! This book is ready to grow young scientists by nurturing their curiosity about the natural world. Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today.

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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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A New York Times Best Seller
Best Science Books of 2016, Science Friday
Greatest Science Books of 2016, BrainPickings.org


"Years ago, I saw a photograph of a young boy in a collection of images from Life magazine. He sits on a stoop with his head thrown back, ecstatically hugging a new pair of shoes. I can imagine a young girl feeling that way about this book. Even before you start to read, the spell is cast. The illustrations are gorgeous, irresistible whimsy. The cover lettering shines silver against a caressable black matte surface.  And then you start reading. Here are women who dared, who pioneered, who took risks and changed the world. Here is Jane Goodall as a young girl, scaring the family''s chickens by "trying to observe how they laid eggs." Here is Alice Ball, discovering a cure for leprosy. Here''s microbiologist Esther Lederberg, so broke she cooked up the leftover frog legs from the dissection lab.  Here''s Rosalind Franklin, documenting DNA''s distinctive double helix (only to have her work pirated by Watson and Crick). Here are physicists, astronauts, mathematicians. Vulcanologist and entomologists. Inventors and Nobel laureates. Here is inspiration. I can''t wait to wrap this book up and give it to my granddaughter Gus the moment she''s old enough."
Mary Roach, author of Gulp, for Google Play''s "Our Favorite Authors’ Favorite Books of 2016"

"This charming encyclopedia includes a page of text and a fanciful drawing of the women scientists you’ve heard of — and plenty who you haven’t! The book has good coverage of the 1800s and early 1900s — a critical time when women’s expanding participation in science was changing the very structure of how knowledge is pursued.  Interspersed with gems like a colorful timeline of women’s achievements, and a cartoon celebrating a wonderful hoard of lab supplies, Ignotofsky’s profiles of diverse female scientists is a great addition to the shelf of any student, of any age."
– Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, for The Fader

"In this wittily illustrated, accessible volume, Rachel Ignotofsky highlights 50 women who changed the course of science."
– Wall Street Journal

"With the help of eye-catching artwork, Ignotofsky celebrates not just astronauts, but also the engineers, biologists, mathematicians, and physicists who’ve blazed a trail for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields from the ancient to modern world. The book elevates this information with beautiful and instructive infographics that delve into topics like the number of women currently working in STEM fields."
Entertainment Weekly (online)

"With short, inspiring stories and the accessibility of a graphic novel. . .the perfect book to share with the science- and tech-minded people (male and female, young and old) in your life. . . .The must-read, girl-power STEM book."
– InStyle.com

"This book of illustrated biographies of scientific pioneers is hands-down gorgeous. . . .Kids will love paging through this, looking at all the detailed drawings, but they''ll likely have to rip it out of the hands of the adults who are marveling at each new page of factoids."
– Sarah Mirk, Bitch Media

"The book is a beautifully curated collection of personal narratives from female scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, with a dash of whimsy thrown in." 
– Upworthy

"I applaud Ignotofsky and her publisher for telling these important stories about women through such a rich, visual medium. The world needs more books like this."
– ScientificAmerican.com''s Symbiartic

". . .an illustrated homage to some of the most influential and inspiring women in STEM. . . .Ignotofsky captures the heartbreaking inequalities that only amplify the impressiveness of these women’s feats."
– Maria Popova, BrainPickings.org

". . .a clever introduction to women scientists through history."
– Science Friday

"True fact: This book is so cool that I had to go steal it back from my fifth grade daughter to review it. . . .this book perfectly balances well-researched facts with gorgeous, whimsical illustrations making it a favorite you just can’t put down."
– Cool Mom Picks

Advance praise for Women in Science:

“If there were constellations celebrating the incredible accomplishments of women in science, Rachel Ignotofsky''s illustrations would serve as the blueprints. As Ignotofsky floats NASA computer programmer and mathematician Annie Easley amid rockets and stars, surrounds Higgs boson discoverer Sau Lan Wu with particles, and cradles Barbara McClintock with corn and chromosomes, she anchors her dreamy depictions into our brains. Women in Science captures the joy of so many essential discoveries while also celebrating the extraordinary lives of the women who''ve achieved them.”
– Rachel Swaby, author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World

“I wish I had a daughter so I could give her a copy of Rachel Ignotofsky''s lovingly illustrated  Women in Science. In addition to Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Ada Lovelace, the book profiles dozens of less familiar female scientists—African American, Asian, Jewish, Russian, French, in stylish dresses, lab coats, trousers, spacesuits, shorts—whose accomplishments in astronomy, physics, mathematics, biology, psychology, and computer science came as news even to me. Ignotofsky provides young women with the courage and confidence to follow the exciting paths these pioneers have blazed before them.”
– Eileen Pollack, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys'' Club

Women in Science is a comprehensive and stunningly illustrated tribute to brilliant female minds. Through real stories of perseverance and passion, Rachel Ignotofsky affirms the important role of women in shaping humankind''s scientific journey. The book offers the next generation of young women a diverse set of relatable and enormously inspiring role models.” 
– Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author

“In Rachel Ignotofsky’s edifying and inspiring book we meet some of history’s most remarkable women. Each profile contains extraordinary stories of obstacles and achievements. The drawings float on the pages’ dark backgrounds, making each figure appear to hover in the sky like a constellation. That’s what the reader is doing in this book: stargazing.”
– Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive and Thunder & Lightning
 
“Paired with her delightfully whimsical drawings, the concise and accessible profiles of women scientists in Rachel Ignotofsky’s book reveal the setbacks faced by women in male-dominated scientific careers and show how these women cared deeply about making the world—and the world of science—a more equal place. With its enthusiastic tone and its colorful layout, this inviting introduction to women in science urges its readers to take advantage of their education and to participate in scientific discoveries of their own.”
– Rory Dicker, author of A History of U.S. Feminisms

About the Author

Rachel Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program in 2011. Now she lives in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, where she spends all day drawing and learning as much as she can. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible and is dedicated to creating educational works of art.

Rachel is inspired by history and science and believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She uses her work to spread her message about education, scientific literacy, and powerful women. She hopes this book inspires girls and women to follow their passions and dreams.

This is Rachel’s first book and she plans on writing many more in the future. To see more of Rachel’s educational art and learn more about her, please visit www.rachelignotofskydesign.com.

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INTRODUCTION

Nothing says trouble like a woman in pants. That was the attitude in the 1930s, anyway; when Barbara McClintock wore slacks at the University of Missouri, it was considered scandalous. Even worse, she was feisty, direct, incredibly smart, and twice as sharp as most of her male colleagues. She did things her way to get the best results, even if it meant working late with her students, who were breaking curfew. If you think these seem like good qualities for scientist, then you are right. But back then, these weren’t necessarily considered good qualities in a woman. Her intelligence, her self-confidence, her willingness to break rules, and of course her pants were all considered shocking!

Barbara had already made her mark on the field of genetics with her groundbreaking work at Cornell University, mapping chromosomes using corn. This work is still important in scientific history. Yet while working at the University of Missouri Barbara was seen as bold and unladylike. The faculty excluded her from meetings and gave her little support with her research. When she found out they would fire her if she got married and there was no possibility of promotion, she decided she had had enough.

Risking her entire career, she packed her bags. With no plan, except an unwillingness to compromise her worth, Barbara went off to find her dream job. This decision would allow her to joyously research all day and eventually make the discovery of jumping genes. This discovery would win her a Nobel Prize and forever change how we view genetics.

Barbara McClintock’s story is not unique. As long as humanity has asked questions about our world, men and women have looked to the stars, under rocks, and through microscopes to find the answers. Although both men and women have the same thirst for knowledge, women have not always been given the same opportunities to explore the answers.

In the past, restrictions on women’s access to education was not uncommon. Women were often not allowed to publish scientific papers. Women were expected to grow up to exclusively become good wives and mothers while their husbands provided for them. Many people thought women were just not as smart as men. The women in this book had to fight these stereotypes to have the careers they wanted. They broke rules, published under pseudonyms, and worked for the love of learning alone. When others doubted their abilities, they had to believe in themselves.

When women finally began gaining wider access to higher education, there was usually a catch. Often they would be given no space to work, no funding, and no recognition. Not allowed to enter the university building because of her gender, Lise Meitner did her radiochemistry experiments in a dank basement. Without funding for a lab, physicist and chemist Marie Curie handled dangerous radioactive elements in a tiny, dusty shed. After making one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin still got little recognition, and for decades her gender limited her to work as a technical assistant. Creativity, persistence, and a love of discovery were the greatest tools these women had.

Marie Curie is now a household name, but throughout history there have been many other great and important women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Many did not receive the recognition they deserved at the time and were forgotten. When thinking of physics, we should name not only Albert Einstein but also the genius mathematician Emmy Noether. We should all know that it was Rosalind Franklin who discovered the double helix structure of DNA, not James Watson and Francis Crick. While admiring the advances in computer technology, let us remember not only Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but also Grace Hopper, the creator of modern programming.

Throughout history many women have risked everything in the name of science. This book tells the stories of these scientists, from ancient Greece to the modern day, who in the face of “No” said, “Try and stop me.”

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Anon3141
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An A+ idea, but C+ execution
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018
Praise goes to Rachel Ignotofsky for assembling these tributes to important women in science. There is much that is good about the book and its biographies, but many aspects of the design detract from its message. The fanciful caricatures become monotonous after awhile.... See more
Praise goes to Rachel Ignotofsky for assembling these tributes to important women in science. There is much that is good about the book and its biographies, but many aspects of the design detract from its message. The fanciful caricatures become monotonous after awhile. The interesting facts sprinkled around the ‘portraits’ and in the margins are a distraction from the main articles that are difficult to read anyway owing to the small print. The science is occasionally oversimplified into serious inaccuracy.

Many of the definitions in the glossary are misleading and incomplete, wrong, or introduce terms incorrectly, sometimes not otherwise defined; some seem to be partially extracted from wikipedia without a full understanding of the science. So let the reader beware.
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S. Macedo
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Great book! Got the Sports one too.
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2018
We have been building a collection of female empowering books for our 7 year old. Amoung our favorites is this one. I even bought a copy for her 2nd grade teacher to have in the classroom. Some others in our collection include: -“Women in Sports: 50 Fearless... See more
We have been building a collection of female empowering books for our 7 year old. Amoung our favorites is this one. I even bought a copy for her 2nd grade teacher to have in the classroom.
Some others in our collection include:
-“Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win”
-“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”
-“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2”
-“Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality”
-“Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women''s March” (we marched in DC so she loved having this book)
-“The Pink Hat”
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A wonderful present
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2016
This is an absolutely fantastic book! I got it as a present for a toy drive for a pre-teen girl and I am thinking of getting one for all the women and girls I know of all ages. The artwork is wonderful and the information is presented concisely but entertainingly. It''s not... See more
This is an absolutely fantastic book! I got it as a present for a toy drive for a pre-teen girl and I am thinking of getting one for all the women and girls I know of all ages. The artwork is wonderful and the information is presented concisely but entertainingly. It''s not an encyclopedia with an extremely detailed outline of each experiment conducted by each woman, but the information is fascinating and can inspire a young mind to investigate further.
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Robert Morris
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Standing atop the shoulders of so many "giants"
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
I read this book in combination with Catherine Thimmesh''s Girls Think of Everything, regretting that civilization has not as yet reached a point when achievements no longer need be identified as gender-specific. Be that as it may, both books provide valuable information and... See more
I read this book in combination with Catherine Thimmesh''s Girls Think of Everything, regretting that civilization has not as yet reached a point when achievements no longer need be identified as gender-specific. Be that as it may, both books provide valuable information and insights about creative thinking.

Rachel Ignotofsky focuses on 50 "fearless pioneers" during a time frame that extends from Hypatia (350-370 CE-415 CE [?]) until Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017). Women in the United States were not permitted to vote until 1920 and access to higher education was denied -- or at least severely limited -- to women who wanted to pursue a degree in medicine or in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Moreover, resistance to women''s personal growth and professional development has been even wider and deeper in most other countries.

These are among the mini-profiles of "fearless pioneers" that are of greatest interest and value to me:

o Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): Mathematician,; collaborator with Charles Babbage on first computer program
o Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910): Physician; founder of several medical societies in U.S. and England
o Alice Ball (1892-1916): Chemist; developed a new treatment of leprosy victims throughout the world
o Marie Curie (1867-1934): Physicist and chemist; Nobel laureate (twice)
o Barbara McClintock (1902-1992): Cytogeneticist; revised views of evolution and botany; Nobel laureate
o Grace Hopper (1906-1992): Navy admiral and computer scientist; invented first compiler
o Rachel Carson (1907-1964): Marine biologist and conservationist; author of the Silent Spring
o Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000): Inventor and film actress; developed frequency-hopping spread system (FHSS) used in smartphones, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices
o Katherine Johnson (1918- ): Physicist and mathematician calculated trajectories for NASA; featured in the book and film, Hidden Figures
o Jane Goodall (1934- ): Primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist; renowned for research on chimpanzees
o Valentina Tereshkova (1937- ): Engineer and Cosmonaut; first woman to travel in outer space; orbited Earth 48 times in Vostok VI
o Elizabeth Blackburn (1948- ): Molecular biologist; invented telomarase (enzyme that builds telomeres); Nobel Laureate
o Maye Jemison (1956- ): Astronaut, educator, and physician; first African-American woman in outer space; founder and CEO of several corporations

Rachel Ignotofsky concludes, "The women in this book prove to the world that no matter your gender, your race, or your background, anyone can achieve great things. Their legacy lives on. Today, women all over the world are still risking everything to discover and explore.

"Let us celebrate these trailblazers so we can inspire the next generation. Together, we can pick up where they left off, and continue the search for knowledge.

"So go out and tackle new problems, find your answers, and learn everything you can to make your own discoveries!"

That is her challenge to the young women who read this book but it is also a challenge to others -- parents, other family members, teachers, coaches, and clergy -- who can support their efforts. I also urge those young women to keep in mind this valuable insight from Eleanor Roosevelt: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
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Lilu Dallas
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Great book. brief stories about inspirational, strong, smart people. Fight the bias :)
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2018
I loved this. Bought a second one. Read it in one sitting so it''s ready to give to a young girl to hopefully inspire her! It''s just single page summaries of amazing women, highlighting their achievements and their struggles, which were absurd and horrible in some... See more
I loved this. Bought a second one.
Read it in one sitting so it''s ready to give to a young girl to hopefully inspire her! It''s just single page summaries of amazing women, highlighting their achievements and their struggles, which were absurd and horrible in some cases. Women these days fighting for equal opportunity etc: yes, great, please keep going, keep fighting and I''m with you (as a minority in my field), but some of you really need to stop whining and assuming every misfortune in your lives or set back is because of your gender. And please stop looking for ways to be offended! Don''t assume the implications in people''s words (lumped into "microaggressions") - ask them what they meant.
And for goodness sakes, think about productive discussions instead, actionable discussions! Things don''t change in history solelg because of whining. what we have these days is far better than what so many women faced throughout history, even recently.

Sorry, got distracted. Lovely book. Cute pictures (for kids). Even in my thirties this was inspirational!

I just hope the parents who help read this to youngens do a good job.

Why do I feel uncomfortable gifting this to young boys though? Must break this bias :(
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) But I like the format of this book because it highlights the ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2018
Saw this book at a bookstore in an airport. It grabbed my attention because my 10-yr old niece is into science right now. (I had previously bought her Scratch coding books which she diligently works through.) But I like the format of this book because it highlights the... See more
Saw this book at a bookstore in an airport. It grabbed my attention because my 10-yr old niece is into science right now. (I had previously bought her Scratch coding books which she diligently works through.) But I like the format of this book because it highlights the works of women from diverse backgrounds who made significant contributions in STEM fields and showed initiative in being driven by their curiosity. This is important because their stories are not told or taught as intertwined as they should be - maybe most of us heard about Marie Curie? And this book has so many more that can''t be found in typical curriculum.

I like the idea of her seeing herself in these pages and the representation gathered here can be used along with other books to help shape who she''s becoming. And learning about through other naturally curious pioneers (men, women, and some children), she can hopefully see there is a common thread in humankind which means she is more than "just" any one thing. I''d buy this if I had a nephew as well, for the same reasons. To appreciate the things we have in common and celebrate the differences because of the possibility of unique contributions.

On the less philosophical side, it''s simply a fun book with enough illustrations and facts, to keep a young reader engaged and can open up great conversations! There''s not as much "wonder" these days, so finding a book that can generate it, is a good find!
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Read This With Your Daughter
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2016
I bought this for my second-grade daughter who loves science. At first glance she was turned off by the small type but a few minutes later came back and wanted me to read with her. For an elementary schooler it will likely be a read together book for a while. Which is fine... See more
I bought this for my second-grade daughter who loves science. At first glance she was turned off by the small type but a few minutes later came back and wanted me to read with her. For an elementary schooler it will likely be a read together book for a while. Which is fine since we''ve just read a few pages and it opened up opportunities to discuss all sorts of things, about science and society, and piqued our interest to look up additional pictures and facts on the Internet. I am learning too! And it is a beautiful book to hold and look at.
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Melody Xu
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Wonderful book to gift and receive!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
I''ve purchased this book on several occasions to give to family and friends. The illustrations are beautiful and the people that were chosen for the book are wonderful. To give a little background, I''m a developmental researcher and am interested in pursuing a PhD in... See more
I''ve purchased this book on several occasions to give to family and friends. The illustrations are beautiful and the people that were chosen for the book are wonderful. To give a little background, I''m a developmental researcher and am interested in pursuing a PhD in history of science. I''ve done a lot of volunteer work trying to get more girls involved in STEAM and I''ve given this book to professors and for professors'' kids. Surprisingly enough, I never thought to get a copy of it on my own. But my post-doc gifted this to me as a present when I graduated and it was one of the most touching gifts that I''ve ever received.

Like the title of my review says, this book is a wonderful gift to give to someone else and an equally as wonderful gift to receive. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about how women are and have always been involved in science or is hoping to inspire a little girl in their lives to not give up on pursuing a career in or related to STEAM.
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Mr. A. D. Steele-leith
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It is well written and presented book, i purchased ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2017
It is well written and presented book, i purchased it for my daughter, but can i ask. How is it you could miss of Caroline Herschel. First female scientist to be PAID as a scientist. First to discover a comet? Perhaps one to include in a new edition.
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Kelly
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Really fantastic book that appeals to all ages.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2018
Simply gorgeous book! Bought for my science loving daughters 13th birthday, it hasn’t disappointed. Beautifully illustrated in a contemporary style that appeals to adults, young adults and children alike. Fascinating stories of these great women and their breakthrough,...See more
Simply gorgeous book! Bought for my science loving daughters 13th birthday, it hasn’t disappointed. Beautifully illustrated in a contemporary style that appeals to adults, young adults and children alike. Fascinating stories of these great women and their breakthrough, challenges and achievements! Great book!
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tracey burrows
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Great intro to science for all!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2019
Fantastic introduction to women in science! Bought for my 8 & 10 year old girls and they love it. Great variety of individual stories from ancient Egypt to the modern space age, with lovely artwork to accompany each story. Great springboard for an introduction to science...See more
Fantastic introduction to women in science! Bought for my 8 & 10 year old girls and they love it. Great variety of individual stories from ancient Egypt to the modern space age, with lovely artwork to accompany each story. Great springboard for an introduction to science subjects and the women who excelled within science. Each page has a story of one woman and her achievements which is ideal as a bedtime story or to inspire further research! Highly recommend it!
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Sara Borgeson
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My Daughter could not read this fast enough!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2017
My daughter read this in 1 day, she loved it so much! We''re now reading it as a family at night before bed so we can all learn about these courageous and brilliant women! A MUST READ!
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This is a great book for children to learn about the women who ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2017
My 8 year old daughter saw these books when a friend brought them to playgroup. She has slowly read about the forgotten women in science over and often asks me about these women. This is a great book for children to learn about the women who contributed so much to science...See more
My 8 year old daughter saw these books when a friend brought them to playgroup. She has slowly read about the forgotten women in science over and often asks me about these women. This is a great book for children to learn about the women who contributed so much to science but were often not given the recognition they deserved.
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Explore this board book adapted for the youngest readers! Gorgeous illustrations of fifty fearless female pioneers who changed the world—with duplicates of each postcard. Based on the book Women in Science, this brilliantly illustrated 500-piece puzzle is the perfect gift for feminists and science lovers young and old. An illustrated tour of the planet exploring ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to a single drop of water. Explore the world of flowers! This book is ready to grow young scientists by nurturing their curiosity about the natural world. Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists--from the 11th century to today.

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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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A New York Times Best Seller
Best Science Books of 2016, Science Friday
Greatest Science Books of 2016, BrainPickings.org


"Years ago, I saw a photograph of a young boy in a collection of images from Life magazine. He sits on a stoop with his head thrown back, ecstatically hugging a new pair of shoes. I can imagine a young girl feeling that way about this book. Even before you start to read, the spell is cast. The illustrations are gorgeous, irresistible whimsy. The cover lettering shines silver against a caressable black matte surface.  And then you start reading. Here are women who dared, who pioneered, who took risks and changed the world. Here is Jane Goodall as a young girl, scaring the family''s chickens by "trying to observe how they laid eggs." Here is Alice Ball, discovering a cure for leprosy. Here''s microbiologist Esther Lederberg, so broke she cooked up the leftover frog legs from the dissection lab.  Here''s Rosalind Franklin, documenting DNA''s distinctive double helix (only to have her work pirated by Watson and Crick). Here are physicists, astronauts, mathematicians. Vulcanologist and entomologists. Inventors and Nobel laureates. Here is inspiration. I can''t wait to wrap this book up and give it to my granddaughter Gus the moment she''s old enough."
Mary Roach, author of Gulp, for Google Play''s "Our Favorite Authors’ Favorite Books of 2016"

"This charming encyclopedia includes a page of text and a fanciful drawing of the women scientists you’ve heard of — and plenty who you haven’t! The book has good coverage of the 1800s and early 1900s — a critical time when women’s expanding participation in science was changing the very structure of how knowledge is pursued.  Interspersed with gems like a colorful timeline of women’s achievements, and a cartoon celebrating a wonderful hoard of lab supplies, Ignotofsky’s profiles of diverse female scientists is a great addition to the shelf of any student, of any age."
– Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, for The Fader

"In this wittily illustrated, accessible volume, Rachel Ignotofsky highlights 50 women who changed the course of science."
– Wall Street Journal

"With the help of eye-catching artwork, Ignotofsky celebrates not just astronauts, but also the engineers, biologists, mathematicians, and physicists who’ve blazed a trail for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields from the ancient to modern world. The book elevates this information with beautiful and instructive infographics that delve into topics like the number of women currently working in STEM fields."
Entertainment Weekly (online)

"With short, inspiring stories and the accessibility of a graphic novel. . .the perfect book to share with the science- and tech-minded people (male and female, young and old) in your life. . . .The must-read, girl-power STEM book."
– InStyle.com

"This book of illustrated biographies of scientific pioneers is hands-down gorgeous. . . .Kids will love paging through this, looking at all the detailed drawings, but they''ll likely have to rip it out of the hands of the adults who are marveling at each new page of factoids."
– Sarah Mirk, Bitch Media

"The book is a beautifully curated collection of personal narratives from female scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, with a dash of whimsy thrown in." 
– Upworthy

"I applaud Ignotofsky and her publisher for telling these important stories about women through such a rich, visual medium. The world needs more books like this."
– ScientificAmerican.com''s Symbiartic

". . .an illustrated homage to some of the most influential and inspiring women in STEM. . . .Ignotofsky captures the heartbreaking inequalities that only amplify the impressiveness of these women’s feats."
– Maria Popova, BrainPickings.org

". . .a clever introduction to women scientists through history."
– Science Friday

"True fact: This book is so cool that I had to go steal it back from my fifth grade daughter to review it. . . .this book perfectly balances well-researched facts with gorgeous, whimsical illustrations making it a favorite you just can’t put down."
– Cool Mom Picks

Advance praise for Women in Science:

“If there were constellations celebrating the incredible accomplishments of women in science, Rachel Ignotofsky''s illustrations would serve as the blueprints. As Ignotofsky floats NASA computer programmer and mathematician Annie Easley amid rockets and stars, surrounds Higgs boson discoverer Sau Lan Wu with particles, and cradles Barbara McClintock with corn and chromosomes, she anchors her dreamy depictions into our brains. Women in Science captures the joy of so many essential discoveries while also celebrating the extraordinary lives of the women who''ve achieved them.”
– Rachel Swaby, author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World

“I wish I had a daughter so I could give her a copy of Rachel Ignotofsky''s lovingly illustrated  Women in Science. In addition to Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Ada Lovelace, the book profiles dozens of less familiar female scientists—African American, Asian, Jewish, Russian, French, in stylish dresses, lab coats, trousers, spacesuits, shorts—whose accomplishments in astronomy, physics, mathematics, biology, psychology, and computer science came as news even to me. Ignotofsky provides young women with the courage and confidence to follow the exciting paths these pioneers have blazed before them.”
– Eileen Pollack, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys'' Club

Women in Science is a comprehensive and stunningly illustrated tribute to brilliant female minds. Through real stories of perseverance and passion, Rachel Ignotofsky affirms the important role of women in shaping humankind''s scientific journey. The book offers the next generation of young women a diverse set of relatable and enormously inspiring role models.” 
– Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author

“In Rachel Ignotofsky’s edifying and inspiring book we meet some of history’s most remarkable women. Each profile contains extraordinary stories of obstacles and achievements. The drawings float on the pages’ dark backgrounds, making each figure appear to hover in the sky like a constellation. That’s what the reader is doing in this book: stargazing.”
– Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive and Thunder & Lightning
 
“Paired with her delightfully whimsical drawings, the concise and accessible profiles of women scientists in Rachel Ignotofsky’s book reveal the setbacks faced by women in male-dominated scientific careers and show how these women cared deeply about making the world—and the world of science—a more equal place. With its enthusiastic tone and its colorful layout, this inviting introduction to women in science urges its readers to take advantage of their education and to participate in scientific discoveries of their own.”
– Rory Dicker, author of A History of U.S. Feminisms

About the Author

Rachel Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program in 2011. Now she lives in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, where she spends all day drawing and learning as much as she can. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible and is dedicated to creating educational works of art.

Rachel is inspired by history and science and believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She uses her work to spread her message about education, scientific literacy, and powerful women. She hopes this book inspires girls and women to follow their passions and dreams.

This is Rachel’s first book and she plans on writing many more in the future. To see more of Rachel’s educational art and learn more about her, please visit www.rachelignotofskydesign.com.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

INTRODUCTION

Nothing says trouble like a woman in pants. That was the attitude in the 1930s, anyway; when Barbara McClintock wore slacks at the University of Missouri, it was considered scandalous. Even worse, she was feisty, direct, incredibly smart, and twice as sharp as most of her male colleagues. She did things her way to get the best results, even if it meant working late with her students, who were breaking curfew. If you think these seem like good qualities for scientist, then you are right. But back then, these weren’t necessarily considered good qualities in a woman. Her intelligence, her self-confidence, her willingness to break rules, and of course her pants were all considered shocking!

Barbara had already made her mark on the field of genetics with her groundbreaking work at Cornell University, mapping chromosomes using corn. This work is still important in scientific history. Yet while working at the University of Missouri Barbara was seen as bold and unladylike. The faculty excluded her from meetings and gave her little support with her research. When she found out they would fire her if she got married and there was no possibility of promotion, she decided she had had enough.

Risking her entire career, she packed her bags. With no plan, except an unwillingness to compromise her worth, Barbara went off to find her dream job. This decision would allow her to joyously research all day and eventually make the discovery of jumping genes. This discovery would win her a Nobel Prize and forever change how we view genetics.

Barbara McClintock’s story is not unique. As long as humanity has asked questions about our world, men and women have looked to the stars, under rocks, and through microscopes to find the answers. Although both men and women have the same thirst for knowledge, women have not always been given the same opportunities to explore the answers.

In the past, restrictions on women’s access to education was not uncommon. Women were often not allowed to publish scientific papers. Women were expected to grow up to exclusively become good wives and mothers while their husbands provided for them. Many people thought women were just not as smart as men. The women in this book had to fight these stereotypes to have the careers they wanted. They broke rules, published under pseudonyms, and worked for the love of learning alone. When others doubted their abilities, they had to believe in themselves.

When women finally began gaining wider access to higher education, there was usually a catch. Often they would be given no space to work, no funding, and no recognition. Not allowed to enter the university building because of her gender, Lise Meitner did her radiochemistry experiments in a dank basement. Without funding for a lab, physicist and chemist Marie Curie handled dangerous radioactive elements in a tiny, dusty shed. After making one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin still got little recognition, and for decades her gender limited her to work as a technical assistant. Creativity, persistence, and a love of discovery were the greatest tools these women had.

Marie Curie is now a household name, but throughout history there have been many other great and important women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Many did not receive the recognition they deserved at the time and were forgotten. When thinking of physics, we should name not only Albert Einstein but also the genius mathematician Emmy Noether. We should all know that it was Rosalind Franklin who discovered the double helix structure of DNA, not James Watson and Francis Crick. While admiring the advances in computer technology, let us remember not only Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but also Grace Hopper, the creator of modern programming.

Throughout history many women have risked everything in the name of science. This book tells the stories of these scientists, from ancient Greece to the modern day, who in the face of “No” said, “Try and stop me.”

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