Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

by Rachel Swaby


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ISBN-13: 9780553446791
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 108,435
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rachel Swaby is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in the Runner's WorldWiredO, The Oprah Magazine, New Yorker.com, Afar, and others. She is a senior editor at Longshot magazine, the editor-in-chief of The Connective: Issue 1, a former research editor at Wired, and a past presenter at Pop-Up magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.


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Table of Contents

Introduction xi


Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906) 3

Anna Wessels Williams (1863-1954) 7

Alice Ball (1892-1916) 11

Gerry Radnitz Cori (1896-1957) 14

Helen Taussig (1898-1986) 19

Elsie Widdowson (1906-2000) 23

Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) 27

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994) 32

Gertrude Belle Elion (1918-1999) 36

Jane Wright (1919-2013) 41

Biology and the Environment

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) 47

Jeanne Villepreux-Power (1794-1871) 51

Mary Anning (1799-1847) 54

Ellen Swallow Richards. (1842-1911) 57

Alice Hamilton (1869-1970) 61

Alice Evans (1881-1975) 67

Tilly Edinger (1897-1967) 70

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) 75

Ruth Patrick (1907-2013) 80

Genetics and Development

Nettie Stevens (1861-1912) 85

Hilde Mangold (1898-1924) 88

Charlotte Auerbach (1899-1994) 91

Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) 95

Salome Gluecksohn Waeisch (1907-2007) 100

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012) 104

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) 108

Anne McLaren (1927-2007) 113

Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) 116


Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) 121

Lise Meitner (1878-1968) 125

Irene Joliot-Curie (1897-1956) 130

Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972) 135

Marguerite Perey (1909-1975) 139

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) 143

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011) 147

Earth and Stars

Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) 155

Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941) 158

Inge Lehmann (1888-1993) 161

Marie Tharp (1920-2006) 165

Yvonne Brill (1924-2013) 169

Sally Ride (1951-2012) 173

Math and Technology

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799) 179

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) 182

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) 186

Sophie Kowalevski (1850-1891) 189

Emmy Noether (1882-1935) 194

Mary Cartwright (1900-1998) 199

Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) 203


Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) 209

Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) 213

Ruth Benerito (1916-2013) 219

Stephanie Kwolek (1923-2014) 222

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 227

Bibliography 245

Index 265

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Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only wish this book had been available 20 years ago when my daughter was in middle school.  She DID become a microbiologist, but it would have been easier on all of us if we would have had access to such a beautifully written book on women scientists back then!  This book is a must read for all those males who think they "know what's best for women" (like some of our Congressmen)!
LilysEndlessLibrary More than 1 year ago
I'm going to be straight forward. I LOVE this book. I am all for female power. This book is kick ass. Completely empowering and fantastic. It makes you question history and want to conquer the world. It was only the first page where I died laughing: "There have been instances, and I have been such, of females... graduated from school or college excellent scholars, but with underdeveloped ovaries. Later they are married, and were sterile." BAHAHA. I can't even. description "The system never does two tings well at the same time. The muscles [menstruation] and the brain cannot functionate in their best way at the same moment."All I could think of was this: description I think every woman should read this book. Realize your own strength. You don't have to live in a mans shadow. You don't have to have children. You don't have to get married. You are your own self. You can achieve your dreams. Break the stereotype and "expectations" of what the world wants from you. If you like this book then I recommend The Guerrilla Girl's Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art. I love art history and women fighting for recognition. So this is the best of both worlds. I received this book from Blogging for Book for an honest review
Just_back_from_Italy More than 1 year ago
I rarely write reviews but I loved this book so much that I just had to do so! I've also just purchased it for my sister-in-law and am planning to send it to my nieces AND my nephews! It's a well-written and engaging book. I think anyone from middle school and up would enjoy it. I knew some of the scientists described but many were new to me. I learned that one of the first people to understand the need to tailor a drug to a specific patient was Jane Wright, an African-American doctor in the 1950s. And who knew that Hedy Lamarr (yes, the actress) was an inventor? This book fills a gap in the history of science as well as in women’s history. Personally, I found these stories inspiring.