Posted by: jeannineatkins | September 23, 2016

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Open this gorgeous book to meet scientists illustrated in mid-air, surrounded by signs of amazing discoveries. The 50 women are quite diverse in scientific fields, time periods, and cultural backgrounds, which adds to the energy and hope on paper that’s pink, purple, and various shades of blue and green. The illustrations are surrounded by smaller pictures labeled with impressive feats, with a quote from or about the scientist drifting like a cloud under her feet.


Rachel Ignostofsky’s joy in the accomplishments is contagious in her well chosen words and vibrant illustrations of Hypatia, Maria Merian, Mary Anning, Marie Curie, Barbara McClintock, Katherine Johnson, and other mathematicians, geologists, chemists, and more. Each section ends with an allusion to the scientist’s place within history. Illustrated lab equipment and a glossary, as well as recent statistics on women in STEM fields, rounds out the book, with an afterword urging girls to keep changing the world. Yes!


I’m also happy that Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science is now in stores. Many thanks to Tara Smith, who gives an overview of the book at A Teaching Life and to Steve Pfarrer for his review in Book Bag at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  And it was fun to answer questions about metaphors and other important things from April Halprin Wayland in a Poet to Poet interview.



  1. So beautiful to read these appreciations – yours of the work of Rachel Ignotofsky and April’s of “Finding Wonders.” Informed generosity all around!

    • Thank you, Sarah. I love the pride and delight in accomplishments that should be better known that Rachel Ignostofsky puts on every single page.

  2. Your book and this book on a classroom shelf would be hard to beat. Thanks for sharing, and Go, FINDING WONDERS!!! I’m sure enjoying it. :0)

    • Thanks, Robyn. And — so cool that I get to say: see you next week!

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