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Women in Science

While science is often considered a male dominated field, women have made important contributions to the subject as well. Recently several titles have been released that highlight the history of how woman have supplied research, completed experiments and helped create new inventions. 

  The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. 

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tenneessee was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. To most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the South, were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the solid wages and promise of war ending work. 

 

 The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel.

The little known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

 

 

 Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby. 

A book covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day. The women's profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one's ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they're best known.

 

 Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.

Describes the technological talents of actress Hedy Lamarr and the collaborative work with composer George Antheil that eventually led to the development of spread-spectrum radio, cell phones, and GPS systems.

 

 

 Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped With the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. 

An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program. The book describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes. 

 
 Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt.  
 
Traces the pivotal achievements of the elite female science recruits at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where in the mid-20th century they transformed rocket design and enabled the creations of the first American satellites.
 
 
 
 
 Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist by George D. Morgan. 
 
This is the true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy. 

 

 

 Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. 

A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

 

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