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Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World
     

Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World

by Laurie Lawlor
 

”Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers.”—Kirkus Reviews

Super Women celebrates the scientific as well as the social significance of six incredible women who broke new ground with their research, busted through glass ceilings with their careers, and advanced humanity's understanding of our world in the process. These

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”Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers.”—Kirkus Reviews

Super Women celebrates the scientific as well as the social significance of six incredible women who broke new ground with their research, busted through glass ceilings with their careers, and advanced humanity's understanding of our world in the process. These amazing women defied prejudice to succeed in the sciences using genius, ambition, and perseverance:


    • Katherine Coleman Johnson, a mathematician who calculated trajectories for NASA flights and is one of the women showcased in the award-winning feature film, Hidden Figures



    • Eugenie Clark, an ichthyologist who swam with sharks



    • Marie Tharp, a cartographer who mapped the ocean floor



    • Florence Hawley Ellis, an anthropologist of Pueblo cultures who pioneered tree-ring dating



    • Gertrude Elion, a Noble Prize-winning pharmacologist who developed treatments for leukemia and AIDS



    • Margaret Burbidge, an astrophysicist who formulated a theory of quasars and helped create the Hubble telescope


ALA Notable Book author Laurie Lawlor deftly paints portraits of each of these pioneers who refused to take no for an answer, pursuing their passions through fieldwork, observations, laboratories, and research vessels in the face of sexism. This diverse group of women, all with awe-inspiring accomplishments, were active mentors and determined people who wouldn’t take no for an answer.

The beautifully written book includes key photographs, a glossary, and source notes—and is truly an important book for our time.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2017-02-01
Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers.Aside from "Shark Lady" Eugenie Clark and, thanks to attention inspired by recent histories and a film, NASA "computer" Katherine Coleman Johnson, Lawlor's subjects will likely be new to young readers. All were, as the author puts it, struck by "thunderbolts of discrimination" for being women and, in the cases of Clark (whose mother was Japanese) and Johnson (who was African-American), people "of color." Nevertheless, they persevered, made important discoveries in their varied fields, and, eventually at least, earned significant recognition. Photos and direct quotes appear but sparingly in the narratives, but readers will come away with some sense of each groundbreaker's character and private life to go with concise but lucid explanations of her contributions. If some of the obstacles they faced seem ridiculous to contemporary readers—in order to use the Mount Wilson Observatory in the mid-1950s, for instance, "quasar hunter" Eleanor Margaret Burbidge had to pose as her husband's assistant and could not use the dining hall or bathroom—even now no one will argue that the playing field has leveled for women in the sciences. A handful of new role models, along with light shed on just who made certain significant advances in astronomy, archaeology, biology, medicine, and plate tectonics. (bibliography) (Collective biography. 11-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823436750
Publisher:
Holiday House Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/26/2017
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,345,159
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Laurie Lawlor's books have appeared on many notable lists, including the ALA Notable Children's Books, the ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and the NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. She lives in Illinois.

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