Ignotofsky's Women In Science presents some of these women, many of whom will not be known to younger or older readers. Among those profiled are the well known:
- Kathryn Johnson, physicist and mathematician whose story was told in the recent film, Hidden Figures.
- Barbara McClintock, ctyogeneticist who discovered that genes could "jump".
- Rosalind Franklin, chemist and x-ray crystallographer who discovered the shape of DNA.
- Marie Curie, chemist and physicist who (along with her husband Pierre) discovered the radioactive elements polonium and radium and who also discovered radiation.
- Rachel Carson, marine biologist and conservationist, who wrote Silent Spring and was the impetus for the banning of the pesticide DDT.
- Ada Lovelace,a mathematician wrote the first recognized computer program
- Elizabeth Blackwell, became the first woman doctor in America.
At the back of the book there's a detailed section outlining sources including films, websites and books, as well as an index.Women In Science is a must-read for any girl interested in science because it will give her a sense of history, the struggle women before her faced and the courage to follow her dreams, should that dream be to become a scientist.
Women In Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky
Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press 2016