Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs - Book Review

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed HistoryWonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
My rating: 4 of 5
Published October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books

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.

Yay women!

Here's to all the women who have gone against what society thinks is "proper" and gave a big screw you to men that tried to hold them back. Not only did they stand up for themselves, fought for what was right, but, oh yeah, ended up changing the world.

What!? I didn't know women could do all that!*
Mainly because, sadly, I had never heard of these women.

If any mention of these women is made in history books it's probably on a sidebar that no one is actually reading. I must say I find it kind of sad that we have to have books just about women in history, because no one else is telling their stories. We need to be reminded that they existed and made aware that they too had a hand in major moments and movements in the world. Without books like that it would all be a big "Who?".

As upsetting as I sometimes find it; I do love and appreciate that books like this are being written. I have always been a history fan and in recent years realized that it was time to focus on the women, because not only did they have a big part in it, but they were pretty awesome while doing whatever it is they did.

This book is must for everyone. I loved reading it so much and discovering new people I otherwise would have never known.

(*Note: I was totally aware women were capable of all that because, well duh.)

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