N.B. This blog post was written some time last year and unfortunately, was never posted. However, with the release of Wonder Woman in cinemas, I felt now would be a good time to post said book release. Enjoy!
Quirk books are currently publishing Wonder Women this year, written by Sam Maggs (Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year), this book is a key book for all feminists and budding girl geeks!
“True Stories of Ingenuity and Innovation that put Ladies first”
You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .
· Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
· Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?
Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?
Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.
This book describes the story of 25 innovators, inventors and trailblazer who changed history, all of which, are WOMEN!
The book is divided into:
Women of Science
Women of Medicine
Women of Espionage
Women of Innovation
Women of Adventure
Each section features five women of the field but also a few extra for good measure. As well as relevant back stories and information regarding their discoveries and various fun things they did and found out, Maggs also provides mini interviews with ladies of the relevant fields.
I read the extract for this book and was so excited for it to be released, this is a perfect book for budding scientists, adventurers of the future, and this book provides a great guide of those relevant in the field.
This is the go-to book for girls who are looking for female aspirations, these ladies will inspire you to be your own wonder woman. It’s the sort of boo
I love Maggs writing style and find her writing really funny. Her little ‘comments’ regarding the facts in the stories, providing a humourous after thought for readers.
This book is perfect for teenage girls but also a good read for anyone of any age. This is a reminder that us girls can achieve anything, and this book is proof!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read Wonder Women and what you thought of the book, and if not…? The what are you waiting for?! Read it now! Add it to your TBR soon!!