Review: Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book. The introduction recommends reading one profile per week, for a full year of inspiration. I ate it up over the summer and I highly recommend it.

Swaby’s writing style is entertaining and informative. Each 3-4 page entry covers a scientist’s major contribution to her field and gives a glimpse into her personality. The book is thematically arranged, with sections on medicine, genetics, the environment, physics, earth and stars, math, and invention, and organized chronologically within those, making it clear that women have been doing great science since forever.

This is a fine jumping off point for further explorations, as it introduces some scientists you probably had not heard of before; it would be great for high school students starting a longer project, or kids who know they like science but aren’t 100% clear what’s out there for career options.

This belongs in every middle and high school library and I am giving it to one of my favorite science-leaning kids.

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