Encouraging girls and women to explore the world of STEM is a high priority in creating a gender equilibrium in this burgeoning field. A new book, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, is making that task fascinating and fun. Profiling 50 women who devoted themselves to the study and practice of science, technology, engineering, and math, the book takes readers around the world and throughout history, highlighting glass ceiling breakers from a variety of fields — and their triumphs and struggles. From Hypatia, who was a mathematician and astronomer in ancient Egypt, to May-Britt Moser, a Nobel prize-winning neuroscientist, Rachel Ignotofsky‘s compelling book covers a diverse range of real-life sheroes and will inspire new generations of STEM fans.

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Ignotofsky’s illustrations are whimsical and appealing, complementing the concise, yet fact-filled descriptions about these amazing women. Whether collecting dinosaur fossils in the early 1800s and even discovering new species in 1800s England (despite not being allowed to publish due to her gender) like Mary Anning, or fighting racism and becoming a prominent ophthalmologist and inventor like Patricia Bath, the inspiring women challenged the times and societies in which they live(d) to blaze a trail in history. You and your little ones will love poring over these unconventional bedtime stories and discovering new icons as well as learning more about familiar female faces in STEM. Ignotofsky writes, “Women make up half of our population, and we simply cannot afford to ignore that brain power…” Her new book shows how these women’s contributions have shaped the world around us. With a new school year beginning around the country, we can’t help thinking this would be an amazing back-to-school gift for school libraries.

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