An excellent resource: 101 Awesome Women Who Transformed Science by Claire Philip

This book is a fantastic resource for elementary school students, especially girls, who are interested in science. Reading it either in order or at random, they will see all that women have accomplished despite formidable obstacles. Girls will realize that with curiosity and perseverance there is no limit to what they can accomplish.

The book begins with a helpful introduction on women in science. One fact that I learned, for example, was that, since women did not attend university until about 200 years ago, many women were educated in convents. The book goes on to look at scientists in many fields with entries that date all the way from 2700 b.c.e to current times. Adults will see names that they recognize along with many that may be new to them. Girls will read about physicians, astronomers, plant scientists, women in computing, environmentalists and more. There are women from many cultures and societies in this book which attempts to be diverse.

I wish that I had had a book like this when I was thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up. It is expansive, well illustrated, easy to read and full of inspiring stories. By the way, this book is not only for girls. Boys will be inspired and also be reminded that girls are their equals.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.

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