Books for International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By Colleen Rowe | February 10 2022 | ScienceComputer & Information TechnologyEnvironmental Science

February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. On this day, we recognize the achievements of women and girls in science and advocate for their full access and participation in working toward scientific goals.

 

Here is a list of books that recognizes and celebrates women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math:

 

Lab Girl 

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Lab Girl is Hope Jahren’s revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist.

 

Broad Band

In a world where women are often dissuaded from STEM careers, Broad Band shines a light on the bright minds history forgot, from pioneering database poets, data wranglers, and hypertext dreamers to glass ceiling-shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs.

 

Women in Science

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) who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more.

 

Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage 

This graphic novel presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, build the Difference Engine, an idea from her original footnotes on Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine.

 

The Plant Hunter

In The Plant Hunter, a leading medical ethnobotanist tells us her story in this uplifting and adventure-filled memoir that illuminates how the path forward for medical discovery may be found in nature’s oldest remedies.

 

The Sirens of Mars 

In this beautifully observed book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own.

 

DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson

In this kids’ biography, discover the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, famed NASA mathematician and one of the subjects of the best-selling book and movie Hidden Figures.

 

The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults)

This young adult adaptation of acclaimed geochemist and geobiologist Hope Jahren’s highly respected nonfiction work is the perfect book for those interested in learning about climate change and how they can contribute to creating a more sustainable future.

 

Taking on the Plastics Crisis

In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices.

 


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Broad Band
The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
978-0-593-32944-3
If you loved Hidden Figures or The Rise of the Rocket Girls, you'll love Claire Evans' breakthrough book on the women who brought you the internet--written out of history, until now.
$16.00 US
Jul 07, 2020
Paperback
288 Pages
Portfolio

Women in Science
50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
978-1-60774-976-9
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
Hardcover
128 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer
978-0-307-90827-8
Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines.
$40.00 US
Apr 21, 2015
Hardcover
320 Pages
Pantheon

The Sirens of Mars
Searching for Life on Another World
978-1-101-90483-1
"Sarah Stewart Johnson interweaves her own coming-of-age story as a planetary scientist with a vivid history of the exploration of Mars in this celebration of human curiosity, passion, and perseverance."--Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams"Lovely . . . Johnson's prose swirls with lyrical wonder, as varied and multihued as the apricot deserts, butterscotch skies and blue sunsets of Mars."--Anthony Doerr, The New York Times Book Review
$17.00 US
Jul 20, 2021
Paperback
304 Pages
Crown


The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults)
How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
978-0-593-38112-0
This young adult adaptation of acclaimed geochemist and geobiologist Hope Jahren's highly respected nonfiction work is the perfect book for those interested in learning about climate change and how they can contribute to creating a more sustainable future.
$16.99 US
Nov 02, 2021
Hardcover
208 Pages
Delacorte Press

Taking on the Plastics Crisis
978-0-593-22333-8
"Taking on the Plastics Crisis delivers straightforward advise for getting involved in the global movement to eliminate single-use plastics." -- Booklist, Starred Review"Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change."--Kirkus Reviews"Taking on the Plastics Crisis is a sobering and inspiring read by a brilliant young change maker. Now is the time for all of us to come together to solve the plastic pollution crisis."--Ed Begley Jr. (actor and environmental activist)In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Through her personal journey, readers can learn how they, too, can follow in Hannah's footsteps and lower their carbon footprint by simply refusing single-use plastics.
$8.99 US
Oct 13, 2020
Paperback
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop