Sunday, April 30, 2017
Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World
author: Laurie Lawlor
average rating: 3.38
read at: 2017/04/30
date added: 2017/04/30
shelves: non-fiction, children-s
'Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World' by Laurie Lawlor is a book for middle school readers that gives short biographies on six amazing women.
Included in the book are the bios of Eugenie Clark, who swam with sharks, and Katherine Coleman Johnson, one of the human computers at NASA, whose story was told as part of the recent film Hidden Figures. Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor, Florence Hawley Ellis was an archaeologist and anthropologist of Pueblo cultures. Gertrude Elion worked on treatments for leukemia and AIDS and won the Nobel Prize. Margaret Burbidge was an astrophysicist in an era when women weren't even allowed to use some of the larger observatories.
It becomes apparent that these are women who overcame adversity. Many also benefitted from World War II, when women of their skills were suddenly given opportunities. Many of them had trouble working in their field or even getting in to the classes they needed. All of them made significant findings in their field.
I've read a few books on S.T.E.M. and many of them feel a bit uninspired. This is the sort of thing that could inspire a young person to look to these fields and see the people who have gone on before them.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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