Wonder Women

Wonder Women

25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Book - 2016
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Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Quirk Books, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781594749254
Branch Call Number: YA 920 Mag
Additional Contributors: Foster-Dimino, Sophia - Illustrator


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Oct 19, 2018

This was a fascinating read. I especially enjoyed the section on Women in Mathematics, because that is my academic major and I love reading about other ladies loving numbers! One of the best (and also worst?) parts of the book was that I learned about so many amazing women in history that I had never heard of before. These bios were a bit lengthier than some of the other "women in history" compilations I've read recently, but that gave the author more freedom to really dig in to the details of their lives, so... worth it! Finally, each section ended with an interview with a modern-day "Wonder Woman" in the field under discussion, so I was introduced to still more rad women to know!

Jan 06, 2018

Wonder Women is such an inspiring book. I was able to learn about so many important females who contributed to the world. I also loved the cute illustrations throughout the book!

ArapahoeLaura Jul 11, 2017

Educational without being a bore, a good mix of textbook and Tumblr. Perfect to just pick up and read 3-5 pages at a time!

samcmar Apr 12, 2017

I loved this wonderful, inspiring piece of non-fiction. Sam Maggs' shares twenty-five rad ladies who made amazing contributions in the world, and their stories were just so interesting to read about. I LOVED the Women of Innovation section, if only because I loved the story behind Maragret Knight who invented the flat-bottomed paper bag. I also loved the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, a Canadian spy, who after begin found out by the government, still managed to get paid her full wages, even though she was is disguise. I felt like I learned so much and I have so much respect for the women represented in this collection (omg Bessie Coleman!!!).

If you have any interest in STEM or women going above and beyond to make the world a better place, definitely read this book

forbesrachel Feb 05, 2017

Anandibai Joshi, Jacqueline Felice de Almania, Huang Daopo, Alice Ball... these are just a handful of the awesome women that you probably won`t find in your history textbooks (thanks namely to the men who wrote them). Wonder Women is an attempt to posthumously deliver glory unto the women who made contributions to science, medicine, espionage, innovation, and exploration that have shaped our world. It does this by showcasing and summarizing the work of those who have dug deep to right the wrongs of the past; it attributes these ladies with success for the accomplishments that were denied to them, or in the worst cases, literally stolen by the men who surrounded them. These courageous women (and this includes trans women and those with different sexual orientations!) are held up as inspirations to be emulated. Wonder Women is written with the teen audience in mind. Each bio is just 4-6 pages long, but it is a good summary of why these innovators should be remembered, and what obstacles they had to overcome. The conversational, and sometimes witty style is dotted with the author`s own opinions; Maggs admires these individuals and those who supported them, and condemns those who stood in their way, and committed illegal acts that led to their current status in history. Her words are empowering and encouraging for young women, the appendix has some helpful resources for those seeking careers in these fields, and her Q&A`s with current STEM researchers show that while there are still hurdles for women to climb, they can ascend them, and maybe, leave their own mark on history...and thanks to books like this, they are less likely to be forgotten.

KateHillier Dec 08, 2016

This was fabulous. We all know about the accomplishments of men of history but you don't hear a lot about any women. You end up thinking that there just were no noteworthy women and that is certainly not the case. I didn't know about most of the women here and that is a crime. Representation matters; not just in the media but in history as well.

Maggs does a fantastic job at highlighting diverse women as well. There are women outside of North America or Europe, women of all sexualities and gender identities, it's really refreshing and every little girl needs to read this.


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