Read about it: Women in Science

With the release of the Hidden Figures movie, there has been more attention given to women in science. The following titles tell the stories of these women who broke glass ceilings and made important contributions that positively affect the world we live in today.

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  • Ada’s Algorithm: How Lord Byron’s Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age / James Essinger.

Offers an account of the life of Ada Lovelace, the woman who began her life in the public eye because of her notorious father, Lord Byron, and went on to write what is considered the first computer program. (B&T)

  • Chrysalis : Maria Sibylia Meran and the Secrets of Metamorphosis / Kim Todd.

Traces the life and work of the pioneering seventeenth-century woman naturalist, discussing her unprecedented solo expedition to study insect metamorphosis in the New World and her role in the establishment of a new branch of biology. (B&T)

  • Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age / Kurt W. Beyer.

The career of computer visionary Grace Murray Hopper, whose innovative work inprogramming laid the foundations for the user-friendliness of today's personal computers thatsparked the information age. (MIT Press)

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

Profiles over fifty of history's most remarkable women scientists, including Rachel Carson, Rosalind Franklin, Sally Ride, and Ada Lovelace. (B&T)

  • Hidden Figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly.

An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes. (B&T)

  • Marie Curie and Her Daughters : the Private Lives of Science’s First Family / Shelley Emling.

An account of the life of the Nobel Prize-winning pioneer of radiation therapy shares additional focus on her roles as a young widow and mother of two daughters including Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irene and humanitarian journalist Eve, in an account that draws on descendant interviews and new archives. (Atlas Pub.)

  • Women in Science : 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world  / Rachel Ignotofsky.

A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of 50 famous women in science, technology, mathematics and engineering profiles each notable individual in a volume complemented by infographics on such related topics as the development of lab equipment and the rates of women working in today's STEM fields. (Atlas Pub.)

  • Wonder Women : 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History / Sam Maggs.

The best-selling author of The FangirlÆs Guide to the Galaxy presents a fun and feminist look at the brilliant, brainy and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers and inventors, along with interviews with real-life women in STEM careers. (Atlas Pub.)