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October 4, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

Wonder Women

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs • October 4, 2016 • Quirk Books
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Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?

Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.


I received this book for free from Quirk Books for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Representation is important.”

Where are the women in our history? Why aren’t we taught more about them? I don’t remember being taught a lot about women in school (other than the Suffrage Movement and Rosa Parks), and that’s a damn shame. The history that was taught to everybody were about white males who supposedly conquered, discovered, taught, and invented everything that we know in the world, and that’s totally wrong. We should be focusing on women—scientists, engineers, adventurers, inventors, and mathematicians—who’ve made a huge difference in the world too, and Wonder Women introduces readers to them.

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