Forgotten Women: The Scientists Hardcover – 8 Mar 2018
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Putting 48 pioneering and innovative female scientists firmly back on the modern map.
About the Author
Zing Tsjeng is the UK Editor of VICE.com's female-vertical Broadly. The channel focuses on women's issues and has been hailed as the 'slickest feminist platform around'. Zing has also become a spokesperson for millennial women, debating at Telegraph Women events, twice appearing on BBC Radio 4's "Late Night Woman's Hour" and writing for Dazed, the Guardian and Broadly.
womenwhodraw.com is the first open directory of female professional illustrators from around the world. It has been featured in Vogue and on the Huffington Post.
From the Publisher
Forgotten Women: The Scientists
The women who shaped and were erased from our history.
The Forgotten Women series will uncover the lost histories of the influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they've been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures.
The Scientists celebrates 48* unsung heroines whose hugely important, yet broadly unacknowledged or incorrectly attributed, discoveries have transformed our understanding of the scientific world.
*The number of Nobel-prize-winning women.
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I will pass it on to the rest of the family to read - and inspire them too.
Recent times have (finally) seen women begin to take an equal place in society - from equal pay issues, to the #MeToo campaign to rid Hollywood of its misogynistic "casting couches", and a welcome change in our school curriculums and many children's books to start our grandchildren on the road to equality,
In this tome we meet a large number of brilliant women whose scientific careers have made significant discoveries - but who too often have remained in the dark.
I have heard of Grace Hopper and Ada Lovelace (as I have been in IT for the past 40 years!), but many of the other women, I have never heard of.
I was glad to see Rosalind Franklin, who helped Crick and Watson discover DNA, but was never part of the rewards.
Stimulating, inspiring and a timely reminder that we are all just humans, male or female, not two different species - but with the same physiology, chemistry, ancestry and intellectual abilities - just one or two minor surface differences.
I understood every single description well enough to make the section meaningful and the content relevant. It is not written in a strident tone either, the book is feminist by its choice of content but is not shouty.
I knocked a star off because sadly the book is ugly to look at. The text is squished up into small spaces on a sea of white page, the font suddenly changes in a way I found unattractive and the illustrations are awful. They are scribbly and have no relevance to the content most of the time. They also look like they were done by several different people so there is no cohesion. I am sure it is very trendy but its hard to read.
Really great book though, I do recommend it but with the tiny font and squished text you need a good light and possibly your glasses!
I agree with previous reviewers that this entire series should be on the National Curriculum. It's quite shocking that we still know so little of the women whose discoveries are foundational to modern technology.
I found the book's appearance unsettling: it's visually choppy, with large & varied illustrations but small & varied fonts. I'm not a teenager, though: perhaps the layout appeals more to younger readers? It's certainly nice to look at; the stories are short, to the point, and the writing style's both chatty and informed.
If there are teens or pre-teens in your life, get them this - along with its sister titles!
The introduction briefly touches on why this book and why 48 and why women had been somewhat forgotten. It is brief because there are whole departments at universities that cover the why women have been sidelined in the history of pretty much everything.
At first glance this books feels like it's not going to give you much information because the illustrations makes it feel 'light' and maybe that's the point? Bring girls in to the wonderful world of science without making it seem butch? I don't know, however it IS a great introduction to women that the majority will have never heard of, whose discoveries, theories and ideas are still important and used today! We should know their names.....
I love the breadth of subjects covered (btw the author also has another book about female leaders that is also well worth checking out).
Important for so many reasons I could waffle on about. It as an introduction - if you want to learn more about the players lives and work it will take more than a couple of pages on each scientist here, so the extent of their work is kept brief and memorable.
Buy it to educate yourself. Buy it to show your daughters you can be more than a clothes horse instagram 'model' or wag, buy it to show your boys girls are thinkers too!!