“Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World,” written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky

I recently had the chance to read Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky. This nonfiction book was published on July 26, 2016, by Ten Speed Press.

About this book (from the back cover):

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating 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.

Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

Final Verdict:

This book is just lovely. It’s listed as a “gift edition” and it really would make a great gift for a little girl. It’s recommended for ages 10 & up (grade 5 & up) but my 7 & 9-year-olds really liked it too! There are a number of women who I was unfamiliar with, and a few I recognized. This book sets up so may great examples for my daughters of women scientists who excelled in their fields. My daughters were drawn to this book because of how colorful it is, and each of the two-page biographies are short enough to read in one sitting.  If you homeschool, as we do, it would be easy to cover one famous scientist a week as a supplement to your curriculum.


I cannot stress how beautiful this book is. It’s no surprise that the author has a degree in graphic design from Tyler School of Art. Look at how gorgeous the inside pictures are!

You can find out more about author Rachel Ignotofsky by visiting her website here. You can also learn more on the Women of Science website here.

 If you’d like to check out Women in Science it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $16.99.) If you prefer a hardcover copy, it’s currently on sale for $12.34. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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