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Books Celebrating Women in Science

11 February 2020

Women in Science Day gives us the opportunity to stop and look at those women who played pioneering roles in an industry that has historically been, and still is, dominated by men. These women achieved great things, in a very different world than today, and celebrating them as role models helps to break down the barriers of entry to scientific professions as well as allowing more girls to see science as a career choice.

Marie Curie by Angela Bull (615773)

Marie Curie (1867-1934). Born in Poland, Marie moved to France and devoted her life to scientific research. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize as well as the first person to win it for two separate sciences. The first was in Physics for the discover of radium (1903) and the second for Chemistry (1911). Curie developed the first X-ray machines and mobile radiation units, and was a pioneer in the study of radium and radiation for medical purposes.

Florence Nightingale by Angel Bull (615803)

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).  The pioneer and founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale became a legendary figure in her own lifetime. She became known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, overseeing the management of the diseased and wounded, leading to many reforms in the care of soldiers.

Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and The Primeval Monsters by Patricia Pierce (13247)

Mary Anning (1799-1847). Mary was one of the pioneers of the emerging science of geology and the first female palaeontologist to make important discoveries. When she was just 12, she discovered the first whole ichthyosaurus skeleton; later, aged 22, she found the first whole skeleton of a plesiosaurus. This biography rescues this extraordinary woman from undeserved obscurity to reveal her full and fascinating life.

We also have a fictional story by Tracy Chevalier in our library that features Mary Anning. In Remarkable Creatures (8549), on a windswept English beach in the early 19th century, two women make discoveries that change the world, and in doing so find friendship, pride - and trouble. Fossil-hunter Mary Anning sets the scientific world alight, challenging ideas about the world's creation and stimulating debate over our origins.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (617454)

A collection of stories featuring one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

Reaching The Stars by Miscellaneous authors (617514)

This feisty collection of poems is a celebration of the achievements of women and girls throughout history. It includes poems about Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Margaret Hamilton, Ada Lovelace, Helen Keller, Mary Shelley, Edith Cavell and many more.