Headstrong : 52 women who changed science--and the world

by Swaby, Rachel,

Format: Print Book [2015]
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Summary
In March 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began- "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children." It wasn't until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life- Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The obituary--and consequent outcry in response--highlighted not only that women in science are often treated with less respect than their male counterparts, but also that there are still so few women in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and medicine). This is in part because they are lacking the critical encouragement and support they need to help them advance.

Headstrong delivers a powerful and entertaining response to the question- Who are the role models for today's female scientists? Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, these engaging profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each subject's ideas developed, from their first moment of engagement with science through the research and discovery for which they're best known. Finally, it gives these 52 lives the attention and respect they deserve--with the aim to encourage and inspire a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.
Contents
Medicine. Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906)
Anna Wessels Williams (1863-1954)
Alice Ball (1892-1916)
Gerty Radnitz Cori (1896-1957)
Helen Taussig (1898-1986)
Elsie Widdowson (1906-2000)
Virginia Apgar (1909-1974)
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994)
Gertrude Belle Elion (1918-1999)
Jane Wright (1919-2013)
Biology and the environment. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Jeanne Villepreux-Power (1794-1871)
Mary Anning (1799-1847)
Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911)
Alice Hamilton (1869-1970)
Alice Evans (1881-1975)
Tilly Edinger (1897-1967)
Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
Ruth Patrick (1907-2013)
Genetics and development. Nettie Stevens (1861-1912)
Hilde Mangold (1898-1924)
Charlotte Auerbach (1899-1994)
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992)
Salome Gluecksohn Waelsch (1907-2007)
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012)
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
Anne McLaren (1927-2007)
Lynn Margulis (1938-2011)
Physics. Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749)
Lise Meitner (1878-1968)
Irène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956)
Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972)
Marguerite Perey (1909-1975)
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011)
Earth and stars. Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)
Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941)
Inge Lehmann (1888-1993)
Marie Tharp (1920-2006)
Yvonne Brill (1924-2013)
Sally Ride (1951-2012)
Math and technology. Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799)
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Sophie Kowalevski (1850-1891)
Emmy Noether (1882-1935)
Mary Cartwright (1900-1998)
Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992)
Invention. Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923)
Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000)
Ruth Benerito (1916-2013)
Stephanie Kwolek (1923-2014).

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the wake of the disrespectful 2013 New York Times obituary of rocket scientist Yvonne Brill, in which her beef stroganoff took top billing over her scientific achievements, journalist Swaby was inspired to seek out many other women scientists who might have likewise been overlooked or carelessly dismissed. She dug deeply in international archives to find innovators and inventors across the scientific spectrum, and the result is a group of achievers who excelled in fields ranging from physics to biology, astronomy, and engineering. Swaby covers more than 350 years in her survey, and her short biographies give readers just enough information to make them eager for more. Alice Hamilton's work on poisons in the workplace Grace Hopper's manual on computer programming Hertha Ayrton on arc lighting These are truly fascinating women with a wide range of experiences both personal and professional, and Swaby's exuberant portrayals make this a compulsively readable title. There is no good reason why every single woman here is not a household name, and now, thankfully, Swaby is helping rectify history's oversight.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Swaby spotlights the accomplishments of 52 female scientists throughout history with pithy biographies organized by their areas of expertise. Inspired by the tone-deaf New York Times obituary for Yvonne Brill, which honored the rocket scientist's beef stroganoff before her professional accomplishments, Swaby celebrates barrier-breaking titans such as Helen Taussig, the first female president of the American Heart Association; astronaut Sally Ride; and biochemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, who inspired the newspaper headline "Nobel Prize for British Wife." Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper receive praise for their contributions to computer programming, while Jeanne Villepreux-Power and Stephanie Kwolek are praised for inventing the aquarium and Kevlar, respectively. Swaby shows her subjects toiling in secret bedroom labs, damp basements, and janitor's closets as they faced gender-based discrimination: Mary Putnam Jacobi was admitted to France's École de Médecine on the condition she "maintain a buffer of empty seats around her at all times"; Rosalind Franklin had her research on DNA structure stolen by male colleagues; and Émilie du Chatelet frantically translated Newton's Principia into French before the birth of her fourth child. Jewish female scientists faced further adversity during WWII, with several forced to flee their homelands. Swaby has collected an inspirational master list of women in science with accessible explanations of their work. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Women scientists -- Biography.
Women astronomers -- Biography.
Women physicians -- Biography.
Women biologists -- Biography.
Women physicists -- Biography.
Women mathematicians -- Biography.
Publisher New York :[2015]
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Head-strong :
Language English
Description xiv, 273 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780553446791
0553446797
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