In Honor of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By Luis Diaz | February 11 2020 | Science

Today is a day of recognition for all of the innovative women and girls who work and study in STEM related fields.

Despite the fact that women have paved the way for crucial scientific research in the areas of medicine, the human genome, and space exploration (just to name a few), they only comprise about 30 percent of researchers worldwide. This is likely due to the continued prevalence of stereotypes that suggest these areas of study are more geared towards boys and men.

We need to break gender stereotypes that link science to masculinity and expose young generations to positive role models; women engineers, astronauts and researchers. We need a dedicated strategy not only for increasing the representation of women in the talent pipeline for STEM jobs, but also for ensuring that they thrive, incentivizing them to remain in these high-paying jobs and institutionalizing organizational cultures that enable women to advance in these fields.

—Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women

Today we call for an end to these gender biases. To help empower the young women in your classroom to pursue their passions for all things STEM, we offer a sampling of titles that might be of interest to include in your courses. In them, students will find stories of women who are asking tough questions about how to live on a planet of finite resources, profiles of historically overlooked female visionaries, and more!

For more recommendations, feel free to explore our curated lists of titles suitable for the following classes:

English Language Arts – Girls & Women

History of Women

Notable People in Science

Women in Science
50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
From the ancient to the modern world, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full of striking, singular art, this new collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
$16.99 US
Jul 26, 2016
128 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Grades 6-12

52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World
Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.
$17.00 US
Apr 07, 2015
288 Pages
Broadway Books
Grades 6-12

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries--beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.
$18.00 US
Jan 28, 2020
592 Pages

The Story of More
How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
“Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature
$15.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
224 Pages
Grades 6-12 + AP/IB