Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Rachel Ignotofsky

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The exclusive edition of Women in Science includes a double-sided 18 x 24-inch poster featuring illustrations of 15 female scientists—with short bios on the flipside—suitable for framing or display.

It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! 

— BrainPickings - Best Science Books of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984856159
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,362
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program in 2011. Now she lives in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, where she spends all day drawing and learning as much as she can. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible and is dedicated to creating educational works of art.

Rachel is inspired by history and science and believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She uses her work to spread her message about education, scientific literacy, and powerful women. She hopes this book inspires girls and women to follow their passions and dreams.

This is Rachel’s first book and she plans on writing many more in the future. To see more of Rachel’s educational art and learn more about her, please visit www.rachelignotofskydesign.com.

Read an Excerpt


Nothing says trouble like a woman in pants. That was the attitude in the 1930s, anyway; when Barbara McClintock wore slacks at the University of Missouri, it was considered scandalous. Even worse, she was feisty, direct, incredibly smart, and twice as sharp as most of her male colleagues. She did things her way to get the best results, even if it meant working late with her students, who were breaking curfew. If you think these seem like good qualities for scientist, then you are right. But back then, these weren’t necessarily considered good qualities in a woman. Her intelligence, her self-confidence, her willingness to break rules, and of course her pants were all considered shocking!

Barbara had already made her mark on the field of genetics with her groundbreaking work at Cornell University, mapping chromosomes using corn. This work is still important in scientific history. Yet while working at the University of Missouri Barbara was seen as bold and unladylike. The faculty excluded her from meetings and gave her little support with her research. When she found out they would fire her if she got married and there was no possibility of promotion, she decided she had had enough.

Risking her entire career, she packed her bags. With no plan, except an unwillingness to compromise her worth, Barbara went off to find her dream job. This decision would allow her to joyously research all day and eventually make the discovery of jumping genes. This discovery would win her a Nobel Prize and forever change how we view genetics.

Barbara McClintock’s story is not unique. As long as humanity has asked questions about our world, men and women have looked to the stars, under rocks, and through microscopes to find the answers. Although both men and women have the same thirst for knowledge, women have not always been given the same opportunities to explore the answers.

In the past, restrictions on women’s access to education was not uncommon. Women were often not allowed to publish scientific papers. Women were expected to grow up to exclusively become good wives and mothers while their husbands provided for them. Many people thought women were just not as smart as men. The women in this book had to fight these stereotypes to have the careers they wanted. They broke rules, published under pseudonyms, and worked for the love of learning alone. When others doubted their abilities, they had to believe in themselves.

When women finally began gaining wider access to higher education, there was usually a catch. Often they would be given no space to work, no funding, and no recognition. Not allowed to enter the university building because of her gender, Lise Meitner did her radiochemistry experiments in a dank basement. Without funding for a lab, physicist and chemist Marie Curie handled dangerous radioactive elements in a tiny, dusty shed. After making one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin still got little recognition, and for decades her gender limited her to work as a technical assistant. Creativity, persistence, and a love of discovery were the greatest tools these women had.

Marie Curie is now a household name, but throughout history there have been many other great and important women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Many did not receive the recognition they deserved at the time and were forgotten. When thinking of physics, we should name not only Albert Einstein but also the genius mathematician Emmy Noether. We should all know that it was Rosalind Franklin who discovered the double helix structure of DNA, not James Watson and Francis Crick. While admiring the advances in computer technology, let us remember not only Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but also Grace Hopper, the creator of modern programming.

Throughout history many women have risked everything in the name of science. This book tells the stories of these scientists, from ancient Greece to the modern day, who in the face of “No” said, “Try and stop me.”

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the book and didn't want to read it because it looked soo long. I decided to give it a try and I absolutely loved this book! I am so glad I read it!! I usually do not like reading but this book was different, I love it!!!! These women are amazing and very inspiring. They didn't let anyone stop them and they worked for what they wanted and succeeded. The quotes tyey said or lived by were INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!
Megbrod More than 1 year ago
Much younger than I was expecting, but VERY pretty and still informative.
LuluRoadsideReader More than 1 year ago
Not only is Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky an amazingly gorgeous book full unique illustrations, but it also is such an empowering, yet fun read. I cannot believe there hasn’t been a book like this out on the market before. This is definitely something every parent should buy for their middle school daughter. I myself learned about so many women that made amazing contributions in the STEM fields, I was just blown away. It really makes me wish that I had had a book like this encouraging me to stick with math as a youngster instead of being led to believe math and engineering were “boy things” and “boy jobs.” The best thing about this book is that it also includes Women of Color. Not as many as I would like, but some is better than none. Progress is slow, sadly, but coming. Please, if you have a daughter, a niece, a grand-daughter, pick up Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky for them. Give them the encouragement that they can be anything that they want and that there are no such borders between men and women’s jobs.
Dalai-Momma-Drama More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Appealing to the eyes...kept me entertained for a little over an hour. Just a lovely book. I have a review that I posted on my blog. Please check it out here at: https://dalaimommasreadingdrama.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/its-national-book-lovers-day-lets-celebrate/
PaulaDS More than 1 year ago
For being Rachel Ignotofsky first book it’s just perfect. It focuses on important women through history and not only is it educational, but it’s inspiring to read about them. It’s a great way to show young girls to follow their passions and dreams. These women made major contributions in male-dominated scientific careers and despite some of the hardships they receive for their gender they didn’t give up. There were a couple of women that I didn’t even know or heard about and I was happen to learn about. I also love the illustrations and how colorful the book is. Ignotofsky does a great job in balancing the colors, because even though the text is small in order to fit all the information on one page, she makes sure it’s easy on the eyes to read, alternating light text with dark background and vice verse. If you’re having trouble I recommend getting an magnifying sheet or something similar. There’s even a glossary and a list of sources to encourage girls to go learn more about women in sciences. [Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]