Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

By Sam Maggs
A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the bestselling author of THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

You may think you know women's history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .

- Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy--only to have the credit taken by a man?
- Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
- Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China--centuries before the cotton gin?

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.

Table of Contents:
Women of Science
Women of Medicine
Women of Espionage
Women of Innovation
Women of Adventure



    REVIEW QUOTES
-Wonder Women isn't just filled with extraordinary tales of female scientists and inventors - though there are plenty of them - [Maggs] also includes sections on espionage and adventure, fields not traditionally associated with STEM.- - Entertainment Weekly -I admire Maggs for making Wonder Women both thorough and easy to digest. When it comes to historical material like this, presentation matters...Maggs writes the descriptions of the women and their achievements in such a way that you're inspired to take the ball and keep running.--Nerdist -[Sam Maggs's] profiles are more than just fun, they're genuinely astounding...[and] fantastic illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino bring these pioneering women to life.---The Village Voice -If you know a feminist, punk-rocking preteen who's as concerned with body piercings as she is with book reports, pick up a copy of Maggs's Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, a compelling collection of profiles highlighting history's forgotten women of science, adventure, and espionage.---The Village Voice -Maggs' lineup of influential females is well curated and inclusive, while smart illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino bring the ladies to life. Wonder Women is a must-read for the girl who's a bit of a geek.---BookPage -A wonderful and necessary read. Although it says 25 women, there are so many more women in here than that... Not only does Maggs present their awesomeness with a sardonic wit needed to deride the patriarchal stage these fantastic women performed on, she is the gender defender at every turn. If only these brainiac ladies had Maggs by their side in their own time.--Geeks of Doom -Wonder Women is an absolute delight! As told by Sam Maggs, the lives of these trailblazing women leap off the page, bursting with entertaining anecdotes and fascinating facts that are sure to capture the imaginations of younger readers. The fantastically diverse assortment of women profiled in this book is proof positive that women have always accomplished amazing things, and the interviews with contemporary women illuminate the extraordinary achievements women are making (and the extraordinary challenges women still face) today. As Maggs emphasizes in her introduction, representation matters, and Wonder Women is an inspiring example of exactly the kind of representation we need to see a lot more of.---Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency -I honestly can't remember the last time I picked up a book and read straight through to the end without looking up. Each one of these baller women deserves their own shelf. Wonder Women is a must-read in my house and should be in yours, too.---Margaret Stohl, author of Beautiful Creatures -Too often women in history--particularly in STEM fields--are ignored and forgotten. Not by Sam Maggs. Through brilliant writing that is both factual and fun, Sam pulls back the curtain of history to show us just how kickass these amazing wonder women are. Be smart like the ladies described in this book and grab a copy today!---Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe and A World Without You -Maggs's message--delivered in a snappy, girl-power tone--and her subjects--any one of whom could star in a book of her own--are timely and compelling.---Shelf Awareness -Maggs condenses these storied lives effectively, and young feminists and supporters of women in STEM will applaud.---Booklist -In a down-to-earth and often humorous tone, Maggs provides a[n]...anthology of biographies on trailblazing women [that] is likely to draw attention from a variety of readers but will especially appeal to those interested in women's history and STEM...---Library Journal -Everybody's talking about women in STEM professions. Today, many women are making huge strides in sciences--but they're hardly the first. An informative study of women that have made history.---Library Journal -Whether you want to know about suffragists, awesome historical lady ninjas, or the other butt kicking, trailblazing smarties in between, Wonder Women will have something for you!- -Amy Poehler's Smart Girls -We could all stand to learn more about women in STEM fields, and Maggs', whose book The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is a gem, is just the writer to lead the way.---Bustle -Odds are, you'll find your new hero in this book.---Bustle -Embracing incredible women from all ages, of various races, and from different continents, the accounts of these extraordinary figures are spellbinding and inspirational.---Manhattan Book Review -These are incredible and inspirational true stories of women who dared to dream in a man's world. Additional, briefer vignettes of other notable and accomplished women round out this fascinating, educational 'must-have' for both school and public library collections.---Midwest Book Review -[Wonder Women] is very inspirational...a fantastic read with beautiful illustrations.--BioGamer Girl -This is a book about representation...more women are given the showcase they deserve...--Anna Jedrziewksi, Retailing Insight -Between Foster-Dimino's wonderful illustrations and Maggs' research and writing, Wonder Women becomes an excellent resource for students as well as an enjoyable and easy read for casual readers. Audiences of any age and gender will find much to love and learn in Wonder Women and libraries both public and private aren't complete without it.---Women Write About Comics -Wonder Women is one of those stories that fill you up with courage and strength. It's the kind of story that will make you believe that you can do anything.---Enchanted Readers -This book is great not only for young girls, but anyone with dreams or aspirations to discover, invent and create in the different worlds of science, art, literature, mathematics and adventure.---Geek Hard -...easy-to-read, hard-to-put down book.---Jade Magazine -...Wonder Women is a wonderfully informative and inspirational book, guaranteed to challenge what you thought you knew about women and their place in history. Whether you're just starting to look for your purpose or you're established in a career and a family, you'll find stories which will inspire you.---Fantasy Literature



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