Author(s): Rachel Ignotofsky
It's a scientific fact: Women rock!
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!
-- BrainPickings - Best Science Books of the Year
"This book of illustrated biographies of scientific pioneers is hands-down gorgeous. Rachel Ignotofsky's bright, bold drawings light up the short stories about the life and work of women ranging from Wang Zhenyi (a 16th century Chinese astronomy) to Mae Jemison (an American astronaut and educator). Kids will love paging through this, looking at all the detailed drawings, but they'll likely have to rip it out of the hands of the adults who are marveling at each new page of factoids." Sarah Mirk, "Bitch Media" "The book is a beautifully curated collection of personal narratives from female scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, with a dash of whimsy thrown in." Upworthy "I applaud Ignotofsky and her publisher for telling these important stories about women through such a rich, visual medium. The world needs more books like this." ScientificAmerican.com's "Symbiartic" Advance praise for Women in Science: If there were constellations celebrating the incredible accomplishments of women in science, Rachel Ignotofsky's illustrations would serve as the blueprints. As Ignotofsky floatsNASA computer programmer and mathematician Annie Easley amid rockets and stars, surrounds Higgs boson discoverer Sau Lan Wu with particles, and cradles Barbara McClintock with corn and chromosomes, she anchors her dreamy depictions into our brains. "Women in Science"captures the joy of so many essential discoveries while also celebrating the extraordinary lives of the women who've achieved them. Rachel Swaby, author of "Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World" I wish I had a daughter so I could give her a copy of Rachel Ignotofsky's lovingly illustrated"Women in Science." In addition to Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Ada Lovelace, the book profiles dozens of less familiar female scientists African American, Asian, Jewish, Russian, French, in stylish dresses, lab coats, trousers, spacesuits, shorts whose accomplishments in astronomy, physics, mathematics, biology, psychology, and computer science came as news even to me. Ignotofsky provides young women with the courage and confidence to follow the exciting paths these pioneers have blazed before them. Eileen Pollack, author of "The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club" "Women in Science"is a comprehensive and stunningly illustrated tribute to brilliant female minds. Through real stories of perseverance and passion, Rachel Ignotofsky affirms the important role of women in shaping humankind's scientific journey. The book offers the next generation of young women a diverse set of relatableandenormouslyinspiring role models. Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author In Rachel Ignotofsky s edifying and inspiringbookwe meet some of history s mostremarkable women. Each profile contains extraordinary stories of obstacles and achievements. The drawings float on the pages dark backgrounds, making each figure appear to hover in the sky like a constellation. That s what the reader is doing in this book: stargazing. Lauren Redniss, author of "Radioactive" and "Thunder Lightning" Paired with her delightfully whimsical drawings, the concise and accessible profiles of women scientists in Rachel Ignotofsky s book reveal the setbacks faced by women in male-dominated scientific careers and show how these women cared deeply about making the world and the world of science a more equal place. With its enthusiastic tone and its colorful layout, this inviting introduction to women in science urges its readers to take advantage of their education and to participate in scientific discoveries of their own. Rory Dicker, author of "A History of U.S. Feminisms""
Rachel Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art s graphic design program in 2011. Now she lives in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, where she spends all day drawing and learning as much as she can. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible and is dedicated to creating educational works of art. Rachel is inspired by history and science and believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She uses her work to spread her message about education, scientific literacy, and powerful women. She hopes this book inspires girls and women to follow their passions and dreams. This is Rachel s first book and she plans on writing many more in the future. To see more of Rachel s educational art and learn more about her, please visit www.rachelignotofskydesign.com."