It’s Women’s History Month, and here at the library we have tons of books about awesome women! Here are some of our recent arrivals about women in math and science.
Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician
Maryam’s Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani (2021) by Megan Reid ; illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel
The true story of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian girl whose creativity and love of stories helped her and the world see math in a new way, and who was the only woman ever to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics.
Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (2019) by Teresa Robeson ; illustrated by Rebecca Huang
“When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, girls did not attend school. But her parents named their daughter “Courageous Hero” and encouraged her love of science. This biography follows Wu as she battles sexism at home and racism in the United States of America to become what Newsweek magazine called the “Queen of Physics” for her work on how atoms split.”–Provided by publisher
Vera Rubin, American astronomer
The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe (2021) by Sandra Nickel ; illustrated by Aimée Sicuro
“Vera Rubin was one of the astronomers who discovered and named dark matter, the thing that keeps the universe hanging together. Throughout her career she was never taken seriously as a scientist because she was one of the only female astronomers at that time, but she didn’t let that stop her. She made groundbreaking and incredibly significant discoveries that scientists have only recently been able to really appreciate-and she changed the way that we look at the universe. A stunning portrait of a little-known trailblazer, The Stuff Between the Stars tells Vera’s story and inspires the youngest readers who are just starting to look up at the stars.”–Provided by publisher
Patricia Bath, American ophthalmologist & inventor
Patricia’s Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight (2020) by Michelle Lord ; illustrated by Alleanna Harris
“Born in 1940s Harlem, Patricia Bath dreamed of being a doctor–even though that wasn’t a career option for most women. This biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to become an ophthalmologist and restore sight to the blind. “Choosing miracles” when everyone else had given up hope, she invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, becoming the first African American woman doctor to receive a medical patent.”–Provided by publisher
Jeanne Villepreux-Power, French biologist
Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist (2021) by Evan Griffith ; illustrated by Joanie Stone
The biography of Jeanne Villepreux-Power whose curiosity about undersea life led her to pioneer the use of glass tanks for research.
Sophia Spencer, Canadian entomology enthusiast
The Bug Girl: A True Story (2020) by the Bug Girl herself, Sophia Spencer with Margaret McNamara ; illustrated by Kerascoët
Sophia Spencer has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder–and wouldn’t leave!–at a butterfly conservancy when she was only two-and-a-half years old. In preschool and kindergarten, Sophia was thrilled to share what she knew about grasshoppers (her very favorite insects), as well as ants and fireflies . . . but by first grade, not everyone shared her enthusiasm. Some students bullied her, and Sophia stopped talking about bugs altogether. When Sophia’s mother wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist to be a pen pal for her daughter, she and Sophie were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response–letters, photos and videos came flooding in. Using the hashtag BugsR4Girls, scientists tweeted hundreds of times to tell Sophia to keep up her interest in bugs–and it worked!
For more reads on awesome women, check out this recommendation post!